Saturday, February 16, 2019

February 16 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History

1856 - Infamous Lola Montez opened at Ballarat in a series of sketches; greeted by packed houses she invited miners to shower nuggets at her feet as she danced. [1]

1881 - (Lady) Alice Maud Sewell was born; was the first woman to win the Wyselaskie scholarship in classical and comparative philology and logic. With Ethel Osborne, she was a founder of the Lyceum Club, Melbourne. Active in the Country Women's Association, she chaired the handicrafts and home industries committee in 1937-40, and was appointed a member of honour. She was also a member of the Victoria League and the Ormond Women's Association. In 1937 she was awarded the Coronation medal. [2]

1952 - Former Police Tracker Sergeant Isaac Grovenor, 52 year veteran of the NSW Police and recipient of the Imperial Service Medal passed. As a token of respect the Commissioner of Police, Mr. J. F. Scott, provided a mounted police escort to lead the funeral cortege from the funeral parlours in Crown Street along a portion of the route to the cemetery. Mrs. Grovenor and family expressed their deep thanks for the Commissioner’s kindness in providing the mounted escort and those of us who were so closely associated with ‘Ike’ at the Police Depot and elsewhere know how the kindly old gentleman would have appreciated such a tribute from the Department to which he rendered such valuable and lengthy service. [3]

1965 - The Freedom Rides reached Moree home of the Gamilaraay people.
“The mission had much better housing etc. than we'd seen anywhere, but there was a manager in control who was apparently very disliked and seemed rather unpleasant.”
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

“We did the picket, but nobody much came around, and we all boiled, it was very hot. Then we went to the swimming pool. The manager refused to let the six aboriginals in and so we held up our posters and signs. After about 25 mins they let the boys in. Then Charlie arrived with a bus load of 21 aboriginal boys and they had to be all let in.”
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

“We went back to the hall, had tea, and then went off to the Memorial Hall for the public meeting we'd arranged. There were over 200 people there and at first the atmosphere was very hostile, with lots of jeering and interjection."
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides

“Jim Spigelman spoke first, about who we were and how we came to be there. Then John Powles, on the survey. Then Charlie. The questions were sometimes antagonistic but there were some very sympathetic ones too. Then a Mr Kelly got up and moved that the clause in the statute books about segregation in the swimming pool be removed. This was seconded by Bob Brown, and accepted 88 votes to 10. We were all thrilled to bits."
Ann Curthoys' diary from the Freedom Rides. [4]

1971 - Lady Alice Maud Sewell died at Berwick. [5]

1973 - Catherine Astrid Salome Freeman aka "Our Cathy" Freeman, was born today at Slade Point, Mackay, Queensland. [6]

1980 - The Bloomfield River Mission, near Cape York, QLD, was officially renamed Wujal Wujal.
‘Wujal Wujal’ or ‘many falls’ is derived from the local language. There are several Indigenous languages spoken within this community. [7]

1983 - Over 100 fires started today, the day now known as Ash Wednesday. [8]

1999 - Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Chairperson Evelyn Scott presented the Governor-General, Sir William Deane, with a copy of the Draft Document for Reconciliation. [9]
2015 - To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Freedom Rides the Moree Plains Gallery celebrated with a photo exhibition featuring a collection of photos captured by the Tribune newspaper during the historical 1965 Freedom Ride (photos kindly donated by Search Foundation Exhibition) which ran for three weeks. [10]

2018 - The Australian Bureau of Statistics announced in a media release that;
"The 2016 Census of Population and Housing reveals that more than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young adults are fully engaged in work and study.
Fifty two per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15 to 24 years are fully participating in either education or work, up from 46 per cent in 2006. Those living in urban areas (55 per cent) are more likely to be fully engaged in work or study than those living in non-urban areas (42 per cent)." [11]













1 comment:

  1. Hooray for the Freedom Rides.
    And for the ABS's findings on employment/study by young aboriginals. Not a press release the pollies read.