Monday, January 22, 2018

January 22 On This Day in Australian History

1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 – Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians – mostly young, healthy adults – died from the highly infectious virus.

1920 For the obligatory bit of politics - the Australian Country Party was not throwing another Democracy Sausage on the barbie but was, in fact, getting birthed at a meeting of farmers on this day.

1930 - Australia ratified the Geneva Protocol (1925) which banned the use of poisonous or other gases.

1931 - All wages were cut by 10 percent to cushion the effects of the economic depression.

1934 - An electric trolley bus came into service from Liverpool Street, Sydney, to Potts Point.

1934 - Cairns suffered damage and flooding from a cyclone.

1941 – Tobruk surrendered to Australian 6th Division.

1941 - The Tottenham Branch Rail Line (NSW) was closed from Tottenham - Mount Royal Smelters.

1943 – HMAS Patricia Cam was sunk by Japanese aircraft near the Wessel Islands.

1948 - The de Havilland DHA Drover, an Australian designed and built aircraft, had its maiden flight.

1953 - The NT Legislative Council passed legislation to give Northern Territory Aboriginals full citizenship rights unless they were under state care.

1954 - Australia acceded to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. It was the sixth nation to ratify the treaty, thereby bringing it into force, and a founding member of the UNHCR’s Executive Committee.

1956 - Circular Quay Loop, linking underground stations Wynyard, Town Hall, Museum, St James to the harbourside station Circular Quay, of Sydney's underground railway line was opened with flourish and fanfare.

1965 - No Archibald Prize was awarded that year as the picky,picky,picky judges judged no entry worthy of the esteemed art prize. Ohhhhhh-er !

1970 - The Victorian Kaye inquiry heard evidence that huge bribes had been paid to Melbourne police to protect an illegal abortion racket. It was alleged that the then-current and former heads of the Homicide Squad, Inspector Jack Ford and Superintendent Jack Matthews, had both been paid bribes of about $600 per month for eight years as part of the racket.

1976 - Malcolm Fraser didn't have much of an ear for music so he declared that Australia had four national anthems - 'Advance Australia Fair' for official functions; 'God Save The Queen' for Royal and Vice-regal functions; with either of the above or 'Waltzing Matilda' and 'Song of Australia (lyrics)' for other functions.

1984 - A Sydney Harbour Ferry, Karrabee, went down the gurgler at Circular Quay during the Great Ferry Race.

1988 - Tennant Creek, NT, was shaken by two earthquakes, one of which registers 7 on the Richter scale.

1994 - The citizen's pledge was changed so that no longer is allegiance pledged to the Queen.

1996 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was closed from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

2008 -  North Korea said it will close its embassy in Australia because it can no longer afford it.

2011 - Activists protested at the fragile kutalayna Aboriginal site in Tasmania’s lower Jordan Valley, in dispute is the route of the Brighton bypass highway, north of Hobart.The kutalayna site is part of an old travelling route of the Mumirimina people, beside the Jordan River in the state’s south.
The site is rich in ancient artefacts, dating from 40,000 years ago right through to the 1800s The Tasmanian government is pushing ahead with a bridge that will damage the historic site. Aboriginal activists and their supporters want the bridge to be moved at least 300 metres away.

2015 - National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO), the peak Aboriginal health organisation, on this day told a Senate inquiry today that more must be done to reduce the high rate of Hepatitis C infection among Aboriginal people.

2016 - It was announced that The Aboriginal Health Council of WA secured Federal Government funding to ensure the future of the Carnarvon Medical Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

January 21 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Governor Phillip accompanied by officers set off in three open boats to examine the coast in the hope of finding a more suitable site for settlement than Botany Bay. Finding in a cove of 'this noble and capacious harbour' a sufficiency of water and soil, he returned to Botany Bay after an absence of 3 days and gave
directions for immediate removal to Port Jackson.
Phillip was impressed by the "confidence and manly behaviour" of a group of aborigines in the northern reaches of the harbour. As such they called the place "Manly Cove".

1793 - French exploer Bruny d'Entrecasteaux anchored his two ships in Recherche Bay, Van Diemen's Land, and in so doing, became the first person to circumnavigate Australia.

1801 -  Port Jackson was graced with the presence of the US ship Follensbe but as she was weighted down with that demon drink Governor King refused to give it permission to touch his pure-as-the-driven-snow shore.

1805 - The Lady Barlow left Port Jackson with the first all-colonial cargo (sealskins, seal oil, and timber) to be shipped directly to the United Kingdon, in defiance of the East India Company's monopoly .
Oooo, you rebels, you!

1813 - John McCabe , John Townshend  and Peter Gory were Hanged at Hobart for robbery of Wm Parish .

1815 - Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1846 - Wellington, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1860 - The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 - Poor silly old Robert O'Hara Burke and John Wills were given their final resting place in the Melbourne General Cemetery with all the pollies having a half-day holiday and joining in the funeral procession.

1863 - Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1868 - Prince Alfred, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Sydney for a visit to NSW.

1870 - The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

1887 - Brisvegas was showing off again when it received a daily record of a mere 465mms (18.3 inches).
Of rain.
Inside one day.

1904 – Henry Northcote, 1st Baron Northcote was appointed the third Governor General of Australia.

1918 - The Holsworthy Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

1938 - Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died. He never got over losing his beloved wife, writer and artist Ruby Lindsay (sister of Norman Lindsay).

1941 – World War II: Australian and British forces attacked Tobruk, Libya.

1942 - I-124 was a I-121-class submarine of the Imperial Japanese Navy that was sunk off Darwin, Northern Territory,during World War II. I-124 was conducting mine laying operations and attacking shipping along with three other submarines along the northern coast of Australia.

1947 - Wartime restrictions on Stock Market share prices were lifted.

1959 - Large sections of Northern NSW and Southern Qld were hit by major flooding.

1981 - Head for the hills ! Malcolm Fraser had a bit of time on his hands whilst PM so he jumped up into the drivers seat of a bulldozer and started excavation work on the new Parliament House in Canberra.

1984 - He was disabled but he could still jump puddles. ...Alan Marshall, journalist and wonderful author, died in Melbourne.

2001 - The B endigo and District Aboriginal Cooperative was established on this day. Founded by Joanne Badke and Raylene Harradine, BDAC was created after the loss of Bendigo’s Aboriginal primary health service. When Dja Dja Wurrung lost its health funding, more than 20 Aboriginal staff members were left without jobs and the community experienced significant health issues. Although funding was diverted to mainstream services, the community did not feel culturally safe accessing them and stopped receiving healthcare.

2008 - In northeastern Australia surging floodwaters forced scores of people to evacuate their homes. Farmers described the heavy rains as a mixed blessing after years of drought.

2014 - Australia’s federal government granted an exemption from environmental laws to approve a Western Australian shark mitigation plan, which is aimed at reducing the risks to water users after six fatal attacks in the past two years.

2016 - The Aboriginal Plant Use Trail at the Australian National Botanic Gardens was officially opened by Ngunnawal Elder Aunty Agnes Shea.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

January 20 On This Day in Australian History

1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was  Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan  (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.

1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbourne Town Hall with a banquet to kick off the third and (at long last!) final session of the National Australasian Convention (where the delegates agreed on drafting the Constitution Bill...but not before they dragged it out until the 17th March).
But the banquet...!
Prawn cocktail for starters, anyone?
More wine, sir, to cope with the boring old fart to your immediate left?
Perhaps the gents would like to retire with cigars and port to escape the harpies screeching about the ridiculous notion of the female right to vote?
Yes, madame, Melbourne does boast its share of quality male lap dancing clubs, would you like me to recommend one to your party?

1910 - After much gallivanting across the country, which involved lengthy feasting, drinking, knees ups and a spot of *gasp* skinny dipping by our revered Fathers of Federation, Canberra was finally named as the new capital for Australia.

1918 - The Great 1918 Mackay Cyclone hit Mackay and devastated the City. 22 people died in Mackay and over 80% of buildings were badly damaged.

1943 - A direction from General Headquarters was given to the Chief Chemical Officer, United States Army Service Of Supply (South West Pacific Area) that he prepare a Chemical Warfare Plan for the South West Pacific Area theatre.

1944 - Seventeen people died in a collision between a bus and the Kempsey mail train at Brooklyn, NSW.

1952 - Better go before you go, ladies, this caboose aint stopping for no one ! The first express trains ran between Melbourne and Adelaide when they finally dusted and polished the track connection.

1958 - Oooooh hel-loooooo sailor ! The Royal Australian Naval College, HMAS Creswell, was commissioned at Jervis Bay. In the Navy, we will sail the seven seas, in the Navy...

1964 - Brian William Robinson was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Constable Noel Ileson.

1965 - The North Melbourne steam locomotive depot was demolished.

1967 - South Vietnamese Prime Minister Air Vice-Marshall Ky made a controversial visit to Australia. Anti-war protesters mounted strong demonstrations against Ky and hurled abuse at him wherever he appeared. Australian PM Harold Holt had been forced to deny allegations that Ky and his supporters had murdered his predecessor, President Ngo Van Diem and that the Ky government was riddled with corruption -- charges which were later proven to be true.

1967 - The aviation branch of the Victa Company closed.
Who knew....?

1971 - The Spotswood to Newport Power House Railway line (Vic)  closed.

1975 - Today saw the extension of suburban train service from Dandenong to Pakenham (Vic).

1978 - Irian Jaya 
Foreign Minister Andrew Peacock’s recognition of Indonesian sovereignty over East Timor made Australia the sole country to accept Indonesia’s military takeover in 1976.

1985 - The railway line from Altona to Westona (Vic) opened.

1987 - Alan Bond announced the $1 billion take-over of Kerry Packer's electronic empire, giving Bond the biggest media ownership in Australia. Ahh well, we know how this will end up...tears before bedtime Bondie, tissues are thataway.

1998 The (gag) Metcard automated public transport (cough) ticketing system was (choke) introduced to several Melbourne train stations....signaling an end to tram conductors and most train station staff (sob).
The infallible (hysterical laughter) system has (fed up with sardine seating) fare evaders costing $50 million this financial year alone....(giggle, snort, cackle). Tram conductors and station staff would be faaaaaaaar cheaper, ensure less vandalism, provide more safety and encourage more commuters, but hey, that's commonsense, isn't it?

2011 - In Australia a surging river flooded and isolated Kerang, Victoria state, the latest community hit in the deadly flood disaster, straining a levee serving as the main protection between the muddy waters and residents' homes. The flooding shut down much of Queensland's lucrative coal industry and has caused 30 deaths.

2013 - The NRSR (National Rail Safety Regulator) commenced operations, being the regulator for NSW, South Australia,Tasmania and the Northern Territory.

Friday, January 19, 2018


St Patricks Day On The Green @ Dunolly Bowling Club

Dunolly Jazz and Blues Show

Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin’ Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.

Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Bart’s music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckley’s of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.

Dunolly Australia Day Community Twilight Market 3pm-8pm

Get your stalls booked, pitch a tent, hire a caravan, hop on board the broomstick,  perch on a chimney pot but get thee up the highway to the great, fun-filled Dunolly Australia Day Twilight Market.

When?  - Ummm....Australia Day January 26th
Time?  - 3pm - 8pm
BYO?  - Yes, BYO own giggles. Or borrow some from the frolicking frivolous funsters.

For stall enquiries, bookings and a chirpy conversation phone Lucinda 0448 681 147

January 19 On This Day in Australian History

1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.

1800 -  John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that ‘Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta)’ is known to say that ‘no gun or pistol can kill him … He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over
30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.’

1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.

1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.

1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.

1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.

1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.

1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.

1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.

1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.

1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.

1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA

1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.

1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.

1907 – A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.

1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1926 - The 10th Federal Parliament opened.

1931 -Canberra Airport opened.

1931 - Australian National Airways (ANA) began a daily Hobart to Melbourne air service.

1939 - Author H.G Wells had seen a light on and thought he'd pop in to Australia. While gracing our shores, he gave a chat on ABC radio about Utopias.

1945 - In a War Cabinet Agendum the Acting Minister of Air sought approval for the purchase of chemical warfare weapons of United States design.

1950 - A cyclone severely damaged towns on the east coast of Australia between Brisbane and Sydney.

1956 - Two brand spanking new banks opened their doors - The Bank of NSW and the ANZ.

1957 - Pass the tissues and the hip flask...The Argus, a Melbourne-based but thoroughly loved Aussie newspaper put out its final edition today. This paper pioneered many things in journalism, one being the use of colour photos in the news spread, which took the London tabloids almost another 40 years to master.

GTV-9 telly studios in Richmond were officially opened by Gov Sir Dallas Brooks.
Who was grandfather to Jennifer Byrne.
Who is married to Andrew Denton.
Whose father, Kit Denton, wrote a novel about Breaker Morant.
Who once married Daisy Bates, who in turn collaborated with journalist Ernestine Hill who penned a novel based on  the life of explorer Matthew Flinders who ...did something with the coastline of Oz but more importantly had the eminent good taste and sense to hitch his wagon to that of a cat, Trim.

1966 - Pig Iron Bob aka Ming aka Robert Menzies, the longest serving Aussie PM, had a bad hair day and resigned. Que sera, sera Bobby...oops did I say that out loud ?

1966 - Speaking of Banana Benders...a banana farmer named George Pedley fell over a 'flying saucer nest' at Horseshoe Lagoon.

1970 - The resorts on the Great Barrier Reef islands were destroyed by a cyclone.

1975 – 2JJ, the predecessor of youth radio Triple J, commenced broadcasting in Sydney.

1975 - Gazing into my crystal ball I smell..... A house painter predicted that on this day Adelaide would be levelled by an earthquake and washed away in a tidal wave. Those many who fled the city returned to find everything intact and ripples gently lapping at the beach.....something fishy, paint fumes and horses doovers !

1975 - Although there was a bit of flooding up north , at Lucinda and Mackay QLD when Cyclone Gloria gave her last hurrah before vanishing in a puff of wind.

1976 - Tropical Cyclone David ran out of puff on this day having crossed onto land at Rockhampton but not before it made its presence felt ; It generated huge swells and these combined with large tides caused extensive damage to Heron Island as it passed to the north, winds unroofed 30 buildings in Yeppoon and several in Mt Morgan. Large seas combined with high tides caused considerable damage to breakwaters, retaining walls and other structures especially at Rosslyn Bay Harbour (Yeppoon) where the Breakwater was destroyed along with yachts and trawlers. Storm tides flooded houses and shops at Urangan, Noosa and Kirra. Storm surge at Beachmere on Moreton Bay cut all roads into the town. The Port of Brisbane was closed. At wave recording stations the significant wave (peak) height reached 5.8 m (8.9 m) at Double Island Pt and 3.8 m (8.7 m) at Yeppoon. Tides were up to one metre above predicted levels.

1982 - A double female  act, going by the title of Cyclone Daphne-Fifi got the wind taken from their sails by a big bruiser of a lad named Bruno.
Daphne-Fifi waned and weakened after being brushed aside by Bruno finally disappeared near the northwest coast.

1984 - The Tumut Railway Branch Line (NSW) was closed.

1994 - Cyclone Rewa caused damage in Queensland; a man was sucked down a drain to his death.

1995 - Pope John Paul II conducted a mass at Rankwick Racecourse for horse number 11 in the 5th race who didn't have a snow flake's hope of even making it around the course to celebrate Mary MacKillop's beatification.

2004 – Cricketer David Hookes died following an altercation outside the Beaconsfield Hotel in St Kilda.

2006 – Former leader of the Australian Labor Party Mark Latham was charged with common assault, malicious damage and stealing from a person after an altercation with a News Ltd reporter.

2014 - The Nauru government deported Peter Law, its Australian resident magistrate, and barred its Australian chief justice, Geoffrey Eames, from re-entering the country.

2017 - It was announced that Vegemite would be Aussie owned once more after Bega Cheese agreed to buy the delicious spread , amongst other well-known brands, for $460 million.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

January 18 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".

1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
 QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Archibald Prize for a portrait painting.

1963 - A 5.4 earthquake occurred at Nourning Spring, approximately 20 km NE of Brookton and approximately 100 km ESE of Perth.

1972 - Germaine Greer blasted Australian newspapers and advertisers during an address to the National Press Club, criticising them for their use of "fantasy women" and "cheesecake" pictures,. She also called on journalists to wrest control from the "dynastic tyrants" who run the major newspaper companies.

1974 - The Brewarrina Branch Railway line (NSW) was closed.

1977 – A train derailment and bridge collapse killed 83 in the Granville railway disaster.

1988 - First Fleet re-enactment ships rocked up in Botany Bay.
Indignant Indigenous locals no doubt thought "Pfft, here we go again!"

2003 -  Heavy bush fires hit Canberra, Australia, killing 4 people. At least 388 homes were destroyed.

2008 -  Two activists who had jumped on board a Japanese whaling boat were returned to their ship by Australian officials.

2009 - Australia listed the world's largest sea turtle, the leatherback, as endangered due to the threats posed by overfishing and the unsustainable harvesting of its eggs and meat.

2011 - The city of Horsham, Victoria state, resembled a lake after the Wimmera River overflowed its banks and bisected the community before starting to recede. The weekslong flooding crisis has left 30 people dead.

2011 - All piss and wind was the former-Severe Tropical Cyclone Known As Zelia; at 4am on this day she fluffed her big stage entrance and was left as a nondescript low pressure system who then went on her way to dissapate in tears... somewhere beyond Norfolk Island.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

January 17 On This Day in Australian History

1810 - William Bligh arrived at Port Jackson from Hobart in HMS Porpoise.

1839 - NSW minimum price of Crown Land increased from 5 shillings to 12 shillings minimum an acre.

1843 - John Clements Wickham arrived in Brisbane as police magistrate. He was appointed Government Resident on 1st January 1853.

1852 - Sturt Light (Cape Willoughby Lighthouse), SA, first exhibited.

1852 - William Swan Urquhart completed his survey of the town of Ballarat, Victoria.

1859 - The railway line from Footscray to Williamstown Pier (Vic) opened.

1889 - A heatwave hit western New South Wales and pre-empted destructive bushfires.

1895 - Moolooloorun (Aboriginal male, no given surname) was Hanged on gallows constructed at Crescent Lagoon, NT in the presence of other members of his aboriginal community for the murder of an unnamed Chinese man near the Roper River.

1899 - A six foot tidal wave was noted at Charles Point, NT, origins unknown.

1900 - Lolli Kayser Singh was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Sunda Singh at Denial Bay.

1902 - The Richmond Vale Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1902 - The Stanford Merthyr Branch Railway line (NSW) was opened.

1911 - On this day Melbourne became the first district branch of the Australian Journalists Association ( AJA) to be approved.

1916 - The Linton to Skipton Railway line (Vic) opened.

1922 - Splashing a bit of paint around was profitable for William Beckwith McInnes who took home the very first Archibald Prize for portraiture.

1929 - 800 striking waterside workers rioted, attacking the non-union labour that was brought in to break the strike, with at least one (later) fatality arising from the conflict that of Mounted Constable Evans.

1930 - Australia signed an agreement with Germany regarding the liquidation of German property in Australia.

1941 - The religious group, Jehovah's Witnesses, were banned as a pacifist sect.

1944 - Meat rationing was imposed, allowing the purchase of meat with coupons within a weekly ration per person of up to 680g of high quality meat and 1.8 kg of lower quality meat.

1945 - A fire on the wharves of Fremantle, WA, destroyed many buildings and ships.

1959 - Tasmania's first shark attack in over a century took place at Port Arthur.

1962 - Bushfires surrounding Melbourne caused the loss of 8 lives and extensive property damage.
The media reported that bushfires had spread to the suburbs, coming within 19kms of the Melbourne CBD.

1968 - The rockin', rollin' riding group on the Morning Town Ride, The Seekers, were named Australians of The Year.

1970 – Cyclone Ada hit Central Queensland, killing 14 Passed through the Whitsunday Islands to hit Airlie Beach. Tourist resorts destroyed and 80% of buildings at Airlie Beach damaged. Floods around Bowen and Mackay..

1971 - Tennis star Evonne Goolagong was named Australian of the Year.

1972 – The Aboriginal Tent Embassy was set up in Canberra outside Parliament House.

1978 - The SA Police Commissioner, Harold Salisbury, was dismissed by the South Australian Government. The Premier, Don Dunstan, stated that Mr Salisbury had 'so misled the Government that wrong information was given to Parliament and the people'. This related to 'inaccurate information as to the activities of the [police] Special Branch' supplied to the Government. It was claimed that Special Branch held files on a large number of people not convicted of any offence. An enquiry conducted by Mr Acting Justice White of the South Australian Supreme Court found a relationship between the Special Branch and ASIO and reported that while there were files on persons and organisations 'reasonably suspected of being potential security risks', there were also records relating to matters, persons and organisations 'having no connection whatsoever with genuine security risks'.

1979 - Gordon House was built in 1883 for George Coppin, theatrical entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist George Selth Coppin. Coppin was one of the fathers of Australian theatre. The building was conceived as subsidised accommodation for actors and was modelled on the Chelsea Model Lodging House in London. The courtyards were supposed to allow for maximisation of natural light and air. Renowned Melbourne architect William Pitt designed Gordon House as a three storey brick building with basement and internal courtyards. The symmetrical facade is eclectically derived from Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance sources. Gordon House remained a lodging house until 1976.
It was listed on the Victorian Heritage Register on this date.

1980 - Ansett employee Debbie Wardley becomes Australia's first female commercial pilot.

1985 - The first Sydney Theatre Company production in The Wharf Theatre on this day (now named Wharf 1 Theatre), was Late Arrivals, by Pamela van Amstel, directed by Wayne Harrison in his directorial debut. The play was part of a season of one-act plays called Shorts at the Wharf.

1986 - $1.45 million was exhibited by The Australian National Art Gallery, in the form of 6 Jackson Pollock paintings they'd obviously not picked up at a garage sale.

1988 - The very first episode of Home and Away, one of the longest Oz soapies, debuted on Aussie idiot boxes across the land.

1991 - The Eugowra Branch Railway line (NSW) was closed.

2004 - First freight train reached Darwin on the new Adelaide to Darwin railway.

2007 - In southern Australia firefighters battled to contain a wildfire that razed a number of homes amid soaring temperatures and warnings that the worst was yet to come.

2008 - Australia said it would send a ship to pick up two anti-whaling activists who jumped on a Japanese harpoon vessel from a rubber boat in Antarctic waters, offering a solution to a tense, two-day standoff on the high seas.

2009 - Two dehydrated men from Myanmar were found bobbing in an ice box in the Torres Strait off Australia. They told authorities they had spent 25 days adrift after their fishing boat sank. There was no sign of 18 other crew members.

2011 - The Australian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Afghanistan, permitting the involuntary repatriation of refused Afghan asylum-seekers from Australia to Afghanistan, including unaccompanied minors.

2014 - Indonesia said that it would increase naval patrols after territorial violations by Australia as it tried to turn back asylum seekers. The Australian government apologised unreservedly to Jakarta after its navy "inadvertently" violated Indonesian waters during border security operations.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

January 16 On This Day in Australian History

1793 - Today saw the first free settlers from Europe - as opposed to those first free settlers that arrived in Oz about 60,000 odd years ago - wash up at Port Jackson on the ship Bellona, along with a whole 17 convict women.
And lo; the male convicts did behold them in a radiant light *ahem*..

1796 - The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1805 - Governor King recommended settling the "country about Shoalhaven".

1816 - George Johnston was promised 1500 acres at Illawarra; Andrew Allan promised 700 acres; James Neale granted 60 acres at Illawarra.

1857 - Charles Gavan Duffy was appointed by a Victorian Government select committee to inquire into the federation of the Australian colonies.

1865 - The Geelong Advertiser noted that the fishermen of Port Phillip Bay were made up of "Italians, Dutchmen, French, Chinese, Maori and others" ...the 'others' were not alien life forms but Americans, British, Greek, Swedes, German and Aboriginal fishermen.

1888 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Wondabyne - Gosford and from Tenterfield - Wallangarra.

1889 - Cloncurry in Banana Bender country - that's Queensland to you OS folks - baked a little in the 53.1 degrees C temp of the day.

1890 - The Sydney suburban railway line between St Leonards and Hornsby opened.

1896 - A record heat wave in Broken Hill caused 10 deaths.

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

1900 - A patrol of combined NSW Lancers and the Australian Horse were ambushed at Slingersfontein, Cape Colony,  during the Boer War.

1909 - In a bid to get away from the searing heat Mawson, Mackay and David did a May Pole dance around the Magnetic South Pole.

1921 - Patrick Short becomes the fifth Police Commissioner to the QLD Police.

1939 - Saw the passing of Miriam Bebe at Farina; born in France as Desiree Ernestine Adrienne Lesire alias Violet Debreuil she came to Oz as a governess and a brothel worker before marrying the famous Afghan cameleer Gool Mahomet in 1907 and then travelling extensively with him and their 6 children between Broken Hill, Western Australia and the outback of South Oz.

1939 - Australia's worst bushfires on record claimed 70 lives in Victoria.

1939 - A heatwave in Adelaide buckled railway tracks and melted wax heads on shop dummies.

1940 - Australia took delivery of fifty Lockheed Hudson Reconnaissance Bombers.

1953 - Australia entered the atomic age with the advertisement for staff to man its planned nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights, near Sydney.

1957 - Pastor Doug Nicholls published an article in The Argus newspaper titled "Natives in Victoria Are Suffering, too" in relation to then-recent news items regarding the poor living conditions of Western Australian Aboriginal peoples that had so shocked readers.

 1961 - The RAAF Provost Unit was reorganised and created on this day with Sections in each State except Tasmania, and North and South Sections in Queensland, all reporting to Headquarters in Melbourne. Commanding Officers of the Provost Detachment Units were known as Assistant Provost Marshals.

1962 - Frank Hurley, appointed as the first official AIF photographer in 1917, died.

1965 -  The car ferry Empress Of Australia began operating between Sydney and Hobart.

1967 - Go-Set carried news that Melbourne pop group MPD Ltd had split up; Max Merritt & The Meteors were reported to have been recruiting a new horn player, and The Purple Hearts denied that they were breaking up.

1973 - Rather eccentric journalist, Francis James, was let loose from a Chinese prison three years after being arrested in China. He had been arrested in late 1969 after writing articles claiming that he had visited China's nuclear test site. 

1975 - Cyclone Gloria stayed offshore but caused flooding from Lucinda to Mackay.

1982 - Sydney's First Opera in the Park was held in Sydney's Domain as part of the Festival of Sydney. Joan Sutherland was featured.

1992 - Some unexpected guests dropped by for a cuppa tea at Doongan cattle station in Westralia when 34 male and female teachers and students from Beijing turned up after spending the better part of 10 days strolling from their wrecked boat at Swift Bay.

1993 - Australian troops joined a United Nations peace keeping force in Somalia.

2007 - Large areas of Victoria learned to love Scrabble by torch light when bushfires knocked out transmission lines causing blackouts.

2007 - The NSW Government announced that the number of HIV infections in the state seems to have stabilised, even as cases continued to climb nationally.

2009 - Australia granted asylum to 28 people from Afghanistan and Iran, in the first such move since relaxing tough rules on asylum seekers.

2012 -  The report on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, Recognising
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution was presented to the PM. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Post-Midsumma Carnival 2018 Wash-up

There was fun, fun fun.
The weather was perfect, the crowds were many in their multitude, the atmosphere was giggly and humourous, there was much jocularity abounding amidst the rainbowed folks.
I managed to catch up with a couple of gorgeous souls I used to work with at JOY 94.9 FM, and (dare I say it had been at least 14 years) they had NOT aged a soupçon.
I managed to party (on the inside) for about 2 hours before my bitch of a back decided that the midnight witching hour was upon us and I was going to turn back into a composted pumpkin should I stay any longer.
The Hubster agreed we should exit stage left asap and on our way to the train thingie we found a pub where a glass of the lager drink made my world a whole lot more bearable ( for the Hubster, too) and I gently snored our way home.
I said GENTLY snored.....we were NOT asked to leave the Charabanc nor did the conductor prod me with her swagger stick after frightening small children.

January 15 On This Day in Australian History

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelong’s brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allan’s Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.

1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the rape of 7 yo Ellen Jane White at Bunbury.

1861 - Joseph McDonald was Hanged at Perth Gaol for rape at Toodyay.

1872 - In St Kilda the last surviving member of the Burke and Wills expedition, John King, stopped surviving from TB aged 33.

1879 - The Aboriginal Reserve was cancelled in November 1878 with the announcement that 1700 acres (378 hectares) would be opened for selection from today at the price of seven shillings and sixpence per acre, and 8250 areas (1833 hectares) would be surveyed for auction. About 526 hectares (or what is now mostly the Noosa National Park) was reserved for a township at Noosa Heads.

1881 - The Sandgate Cemetery Branch Railway line (NSW) was flung open to the punters.

1891 - The Redesdale Junction to Redesdale Railway line (Vic) opened.

1894 - Bury the chainsaw and take up smelting Uncle Percy... Eskbank Ironworks, Australia's first steel mill, was opened at Lithgow.

1894 - Frances Knorr – "The Brunswick Baby Farmer" was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of two infants.

1900 - Adelaide played host to several cases of Bubonic Plague, a shocking little guest which kept popping up, uninvited, in all the mainland states for the next 10 years.

1903 - The Aussie Govt started paying up bonuses to sugar growers to employ white labour...because all the victims of Blackbirding aren't as sweet?

1903 - The railway line from Woomelang to Hattah (Vic) opened.

1905 - The cable trams in Sydney came to halt, although unlike Victoria's trams, not a crashing one.

1906 - Get your knitting needles out ladies ! Australia recorded a wool clip of 11,000,000 bales.

1915 - Telling Grandma how to suck eggs the art of surf board riding was demonstrated at Freshwater Beach, Sydney, by Hawaiian Olympian, Duke Kahanamoku, on a board made of sugar pine.
Interesting as Aussie's had been surfing, with boards, for a number of years before this.

1924 -The Singleton Boys’ Home was established by the Board for the Protection of Aborigines in 1918 but  it was decided the premises were no longer suitable and the ground were closed on this day.
And the poor lads were then sent to the infamously cruel Kinchela Boys Home.

1950 - Cyclone neared Cooktown with gales and floods in several areas.

1951 - The Dunolly to Inglewood (Vic)  rail passenger service ended.

1964 - Celebrated swimmer Dawn Fraser was the youngest person to be named Aussie of The Year.

1968 -  The The "Big Show" tour entourage, including The Who, The Small Faces and Paul Jones arrived in Australia. Small Faces organist Ian McLagan immediately enraged the press during an airport press conference when he tells a reporter to "f*** off" after being questioned about his recent UK drug bust.

1976 - Today saw the debut episode of The Sullivans!!!!!! 
The Bring Back Dave and Grace Fanclub is forever hopeful of a return. 
Although we're not holding our breath.

1983 - Stockton Borehole Colliery Branch railway line (NSW) was opened.

1988 - Aboriginal TV station Imparja began transmitting in the Red Centre aka Alice Springs.

1990 - An arch of the London Bridge rock formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Vic, collapsed into the sea.

1991 - Queen Liz the 2nd signed on the dotted line to make The Fair Isle of Oz the first Commonwealth Realm to institute its own Victoria Cross in the honours system.

1994 - Bushfires swept through Australia's eastern states causing major property damage.

2004 - Regular train service from Adelaide to Darwin in 43 hours was set to begin. Plans for the Transcontinental line had begun in 1911.

2008 -  Australia's new government told an Indian envoy that it will not sell uranium to his country while it is not a member of the global nonproliferation treaty.

2008 - An Australian judge banned the company that conducts Japan's whale hunt from killing the animals in a large part of its regular hunting grounds off Antarctica. Japanese whalers said they are holding captive two activists who "illegally" boarded their vessel in the Southern Ocean, in a dramatic escalation in the battle between the two sides.

2009 - Australia's tropical Queensland state declared a flood disaster over an area the size of France and Germany after recent monsoon storms. The floods are eventually expected to move inland, helping fill lakes and relieving a long-running drought in parts of Australia's desert interior and tropical north.

2014 - Australian officials said lightning strikes ignited more than 250 fires across the southeast. Firefighters battled to put out the flames as the country sweltered under a heatwave.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

January 14 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 – Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875 - Bobbinett was arrested (and later Hanged) for the murder of Police Lance-Corporal William Archibald Armstrong on this day near Kojonup (WA).

1876 - Just for Eddie McGuire....Collingwood was proclaimed a city.

1878 - A cyclone damaged every building in Palmerston (Darwin), NT.

1888 - Sydney to Brisbane rail link opened with the completion of the Hawkesbury River railway bridge.

1896 - A Brisbane ferry steamer capsized on the Brisbane River, killing 28.

1896 - Camden N.S.W. reported that the heatwave reached temperatures of 123°F = 50.5°C
Headlines shouted ..”Great Heat Wave ” “LIST OF CASUALTIES.”

1901 - Jackie Underwood was Hanged at Old Dubbo Gaol for the murder of Percival Mawbey at Breelong. He and Jimmy Governor also killed Helen Josephine Kerz, Mrs Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey in the same incident.

1914 - Charles H. Odgers was Hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Edith Molyneaux at Balgobin, Dandalup on 3 October 1913; also charged with murder of Richard Thomas Williams on 14 September 1913 at Waroona.

1939 - Grab an icy pole and head down to Bondi...Sydney was feeling all furnace-like today as the temperature climbed to 45.3 degrees Celsius.

1939 Bushfires throughout NSW claimed 8 lives with temperatures in Sydney reaching 113.6 F (45.3 C).

1950 - The Fair Isle of Oz went against the popular trend when Ho Chi Minh declared the Democratic Republic of Vietnam was the only government; Oz barracked for the French-sponsored government of Emperor Bao Dai.

1952 - Gheringhap to Maroona (Vic) railway passenger service ended.

1956 - Murchison to East Rushworth (Vic) railway passenger service ended.

1958 - Qantas began flapping its wings for around-the-world air services. The prices are still out of this world, too!

1960 - A Reserve Bank The proclamation of the Commonwealth Banks Act and the Reserve Bank Act split the Commonwealth Bank of Australia into the Commonwealth Banking Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Australia.

1962 - Bush-fires swept through Lara and the Dandenong Ranges claiming 14 lives.

1966 - Robert Helpmann was named Australian Of The Year.

1968 - Isobel Mackellar, better known as Dorothea Mackellar who rhapsodised about sunburnt torsos and speedos in The Fair Isle of Oz in her poem My Country, popped her clogs on this day after a long period of illness.

1976 - The effects of a tsunami, originating in the Kermadec Islands, was felt along the NSW coastline.

1976 - Cyclone Terry-Dance (later shortened to Dance when it entered the Mauritius Tropical Cyclone region) approached maturity when sustained winds reached 150 km/h.

1985 - Bushfires in Victoria and South Australia took 5 lives.

1988 - Cyclone Agi ceased to meet the requirements of a cyclone as it passed into the Fiji region.

1991 - The oldest examples of prehistoric artistic expression in the world, estimated as being up to 45,00 years old, were found in the South Australian outback.

2002 - David Hicks was branded a 'terrorist' by the then Attorney-General of Oz, Daryl Williams.

2007 - Australia's Environment Minister Ian Campbell told national radio that Japanese whaling ships on their annual hunt in the Antarctic are banned from docking in Australia and should use restraint in looming clashes with protesters.

2011 - The flood peaked in Charlton (Vic) with 80% of properties inundated with water.

2014 - Bangor bushfire (SA) began on this day; it wasn't declared safe until a month later. While 5 houses were destroyed, dozens were saved. A number of sheds were lost, with extensive damage sustained to fencing, and at least 700 sheep perished in the fire. 24 injuries were recorded but none serious, most involving smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion due to the extreme weather conditions that crews were working in.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

January 13 On This Day in Australian History

We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... ‘Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandant’s gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reid’s Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in April 1880.

1880 - The Toolamba to Tatura Railway line (Vic) opened.

1880 - Brisvegas readers were treated to the first Brisbane issue of Daily Observer newspaper.

1880 - The railway line from Mangalore to Shepparton (Vic) was  opened.

1892 - The Leongatha to Port Albert Railway line (Vic) opened.

1896 - Charles Henry Strange was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Fred Dowse at Lakes Entrance.

1896 - During the horrific heatwave various places reported on this day - 
Quirindi N.S.W.  49°C
Bulli N.S.W.  46°C                  “This has been, the hottest day known“.
Kiama N.S.W.  47°C              " A Scorcher Everywhere. Death and Distress.“
Parramatta N.S.W.  44°C       “Fruit Broiled on the Trees.” “Birds and Animals Drop Dead.”

1900 - During the Boer War in Prieska, South Africa New South Welshmen were attacked at by Boers.

1913 - Which bank? The Commonwealth Bank set up agencies in post offices throughout Australia...the ones they can't shut down in small rural towns.

1919 - Extensive bushfires in the Otway Ranges (Vic) destroyed property and claim three lives.

1919 - The first official meeting of the Executive Committee of the Lord Mayor's Armenian Relief Fund was held on this day; its purpose was to form 'a Committee to raise Funds for the relief of the suffering' Armenian, Hellene and Assyrian genocide survivors. From the outset, the Fund's work was concentrated on the survivors scattered around Syria and Greece.
1939 - Today was dubbed Black Friday  owing to the ferocious bushfires that raged across the state of Victoria ; Melbourne's temp reached 45.6 Celsius, towns were destroyed, others badly damaged, 71 lives were lost and ash fell as far away as New Zealand.
What is largely forgotten is the heatwave, that triggered the many bushfires of Black Friday, claimed 438 lives in Victoria.
The recommendations from the Royal Commission into these fires set down guidelines that are still in force today.

1940 - Today saw the final issue of Sydney Morning Herald evening edition, for country readers.

1957 - A small ceremony was held to officially open the new Australian Antarctic station. Naming the station Davis, Law said that the title honoured Captain John King Davis, a famous Antarctic navigator and captain, living in Melbourne, and a member of the ANARE Planning Committee until his death in 1967.

1962 - The banks in every state, except Victoria, opened for the very final time on a Saturday...until recently when they've found it to be beneficial to the coffers to ply their trade on a Saturday once more.

1964 - Cyclone Audrey brought floodwaters to South-West Queensland and New South Wales.

1969 - Cannons from the HMS Endeavour were fished up from Endeavour Reef, off Cooktown in north Queensland. The cannons were jettisoned from the Endeavour to lighten the ship after she ran aground on the reef on 10 June 1770 when Jimmy Cook should have zigged when he zagged.

1974 - Conductor Sir Bernard Heinze was named Australian Of The Year.

1984 - The Kunama Railway Branch line (NSW) was closed.

1985 - The Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (NSW) was granted an Aboriginal land claim over Lot 355 aka The Farm on this day.

1990 - The Glenlee Colliery Branch railway line (NSW) was opened.

1992 - Cyclone Betsy passed seaward of Fraser Island and caused beach erosion.

1995 - Max Harris, poet, critic, bookseller and publisher, founder of The Angry Penguins, passed into the great beyond aged 73.

1998 - : On appeal, a Federal court upheld the Australian armed forces’ right to expel soldiers with HIV, saying it is justified because of the inherent risk of bloodshed, and infection, during military duty. The case followed a complaint from a soldier who was expelled a month after he enlisted in November 1993 after a routine test showed he was infected with HIV.

1999 - Land around Old Parliament House was gazetted under the Trespass and Commonwealth Land Ordinance 1932 which allows for the removal of trespassers. The media reports that the Government planned to use the Ordinance to remove the Aboriginal Tent Embassy were denied by the Government. The National Capital Authority stated implementation of the Ordinance was to remove unauthorised motor vehicles from the gazetted area.

2003 - The Bali Memorial Garden was officially opened , within the Victorian Parliamentary Gardens, in memory of those who died in the 2002 Bali bombings.

2004 – The Spirit of Tasmania III made its inaugural trip from Sydney to Devonport. It ceased in 2006.

2004 - Molly Kelly or Molly Craig, whose childhood events inspired the movie Rabbit-Proof Fence, passed away on this day. Following the policy of attempting to assimilate mixed-race Aboriginals into white society by removing mixed-race children from Aboriginal families Kelly was taken, with her sister and cousin, in 1931. Knowing that her home was along the fence built to barricade rabbits from farmland that ran the length of Australia, she took the two younger girls and fled the settlement, arriving home nine weeks later.

2007 -  It was reported that thousands of birds had dropped dead over the past 3 weeks in Western Australia.

2008 - Two young adventurers completed a 62-day paddle of more than 2,000 miles to become the first people to travel from Australia to New Zealand by kayak.

2009 - Nancy Bird-Walton (93), Australian aviation pioneer, died from natural causes. She was the first woman in Australia to operate a commercial aircraft. Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, the first man to fly across the mid-Pacific, taught Watson how to fly in 1933, when she was just 17 years old. Two years later, she obtained a commercial pilot's license and began taking paying passengers for joyrides around the country.

2011 - Australia's 3rd-largest city Brisbane resembled a "war zone" with whole suburbs under water and infrastructure smashed as the worst flood in decades hit 30,000 properties. The Brisbane River peaked at 4.5 meters. The flooding in Queensland left 28 people dead.

2012 - WIN Television commenced broadcasting of GEM, GO!, One, and Eleven in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA).

2014 - Australian officials said one man died a day earlier and four other people were missing after a fast-moving wildfire destroyed at least 49 homes in Perth. Firefighters continued to fight the blaze.

Friday, January 12, 2018

January 12 On This Day in Australian History

1807 - At Cockle Bay, Sydney Harbour, a chap managed to survive a shark attack.

1808 - The ship City of Edinburgh arrived at Port Jackson with a cargo of 100,000 litres of whiskey. Part owner Alexander Berry is on board.

1809 - Gnung-a Gnung-a Mur-re-mur-gan, the first Australian Aboriginal to visit America ( in 1793), was found dead in present day Sirius Park, Sydney ; his death was thought to be related to old injuries inflicted by warrior Pemulwuy.

1810 - Governor Lachlan Macquarie appointed emancipist Andrew Thompson a Justice of the Peace and Chief Magistrate at the Hawkesbury. He was the first emancipist magistrate appointed.

1814 - Nurragingy (Creek Jemmy), chief of South Creek, and Mary-Mary, chief of the Mulgoa clan, with their families, totalling 51 men, women and children, visited Governor Macquarie at Parramatta. They were given breakfast and dinner (midday meal) in the Government Domain (Parramatta Park). Narrang Jack, a previously hostile Aborigine, came to give himself up.

1823 - In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first Presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 - Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

1826 - The Hobart Town Gazette reported the visit to Launceston by 200 Aborigines;
 ‘When crossing Paterson’s Plains they were wantonly fired on by the whites, and in their return some of their women were treated with indescribable brutality. When they reached the Lake River, two sawyers, who had never before suffered molestation, were wounded with their spears.’

1830 - The first large grant of the year was allotted on this day to Mr. Thomas Peel, who selected 250,000 acres, described as in Cockburn Sound.

1835 - Rev. Henry Carmichael established the Normal Institution to train teachers for system of national schools in NSW,  situated near Hyde Park it opened for the admission of boarders and pupils on this day.

1835 - A collision occurred between the first paddle steamer to operate in NSW coastal waters, Sophia Jane, and  the steam tug Tamar.

1836 - Charlie Darwin popped his head in at Sydney to make our acquaintance while he was parked on board HMS Beagle.

1837 - The ship Coromandel anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Oz, where ten of the crew deserted and could not sail without more crew. Governor Hindmarsh offered a reward of £5 per head, or £50 for the ringleader, for information leading to their apprehension.
The deserters headed for the hills, then came to a lovely valley which they named after their ship, Coromandel., where some of them settled.

1838 - Mudgee, NSW, was gazetted as a village.

1843 - Heron Island was eyeballed and named by Joseph Bette Jukes, a geologist cruising about the Great Barrier Reef aboard the ship HMS Fly, after the numerous herons he spied.

1853 - Following an Aboriginal attack on a station along the Culgoa River, QLD, Native Police Commander Frederick Walker’s second in command, George Fulford suggested the use of severe force to prevent future attacks on this day, saying:
'I am inclined to think ... that if these blacks can be caught at the time they are committing depredations and severe measures used with them once or twice they will give very little trouble afterwards.'

1867 -  Official opening of the Melbourne Rowing Club - originally titled the Civil Service Rowing Club.
"Notwithstanding the intense heat of Saturday last, the opening ceremony of the Civil Service Rowing Club must be considered as highly successful." The temperature was over the 100 mark in the shade, with a stiff north wind).

1870 - An alligator was sighted in the Hawkesbury River near Windsor, NSW.

1877 - A plague of grasshoppers hits the Yass district, NSW.

1881 - It was reported today that 13.6 litres of honey was taken from a bee tree in the Victoria Plains district of Westralia.

1883 - A person is almost burnt to death in Newcastle, NSW, in an alleged case of spontaneous human combustion.

1888 - A steam tramway is opened at Broken Hill, NSW, by the visiting Duke of Manchester.

1903 - Patrick Kenniff had the dubious honour of being the last bushranger to die in Qld...although, unsurprisingly, it wasn't by natural causes.

1903 - The body of a wealthy swagman was found lying on the road near Dandenong, Victoria; despite having almost £3,000 among his clothes he had apparently starved to death.
*He remained unidentified.

1905 - Federal Government constituted the Australian Naval Board.

1908 - South Sydney Rugby Team was formed and won the 1st Premiership later that year. Squirrel gripping...?

1921 - A large fire destroys many buildings in central Perth, WA.

1925 - Shirley Thoms, the Aussie Yodelling Sweetheart, was found in the cabbage patch in Toowoomba. Shirley was the first solo female recording artist in Australia.

1929 - A young man was body surfing at Bondi Beach when he was fatally attacked by a shark.

1931 - Mackay's first radio station "4MK" commenced broadcasting from the Nelson Street family home of Johnny Williams.

1934 - Frankie Davidson, Aussie singer, was hatched. Frankie gave us such memorable songs like "I hope your chooks turn into emus", "50,0000 flies can't be wrong" and "The Aussie BBQ Song".

1939 - Adelaide recorded its highest maximum temperature ever when the mercury reached 117.7° Fahrenheit or 47.6° Celsius, surpassing the old record of 116.3°F in 1858. For 14 days, from New Year's Eve until 13 January, the city sweltered, with nine days over the century.The hottest spot in the State was Kyancutta where a top temperature of 120.7°F or 49.2°C was recorded.

1939 - A young man was scooping prawns in the Clarence River, NSW, when he was bumped by a shark; he sustained no injuries.

1950 - A young man was swimming at South Werribee Beach when he sustained 3 lacerations to his heel during an encounter with a shark.

1955 - Cockburn Sound Harbour, to the south of Fremantle, opened.

1957 - The decision was made for Australia's second base in the Antarctic Territory, Davis Base, to be on a small rocky plateau located above a black sandy beach. It was officially opened the following day.
1974 - Yumba, meaning town camp, was the first hostel of the Aboriginal Hostels Limited to be opened today in Brisbane ; it provided accommodation for women entering the workforce and continues to operate in West Brisbane.

1976 – Eight-year-old Eloise Worledge was abducted from her home in Beaumaris, Victoria. No trace of her has ever been found.

1976 - A young lady was swimming at Harvey Bay QLD when she experienced an unprovoked encounter with a shark; she received no injuries.

1978 - I can see a pattern happening here ...Perth cooked up a scorcher with 44.7º Celsius on this day.

1979 - Luna Park in Sydney played host to the ukulele-toting singer Tiny Tim as he made the world professional non-stop singing record in a time of 2 hours, 15 mins and 7 seconds. How many tulips could you tiptoe through in that time...?

1985 - : A public meeting to discuss how the Sydney gay community might mobilise and coordinate its response to the growing HIV/AIDS crisis leads to the AIDS Action Committee being incorporated and renamed the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON).

2003 – Maurice Gibb of the band the Bee Gees passed away.

2004 - While diving at Bushrangers Pass at Bass Point, NSW, a male lost his swim-fin during a mild shark attack that resulted in no injuries.

2005 – Australia's first Twenty20 cricket game was played at the WACA ground between the Western Warriors and the Victorian Bushrangers. It drew a sellout crowd of 20,700.

2006 - Australia and East Timor agreed to equally share revenue from the Greater Sunrise natural gas project in the Timor Sea.

2009 - Whilst snorkeling at Windang, Lake Illawara, NSW, a male received non-fatal puncture wounds to his leg during an encounter with a shark.
2011 - In Australia floodwaters poured into the empty downtown of Australia's third-largest city after tearing a deadly path across the northeast, swamping neighborhoods in what could be Brisbane's most devastating floods in a century.

2011 - Tugboat skippers Doug Hislop and Peter Fenton heroically prevented Brisbane’s twin Gateway Bridges from being damaged by floating debris.

2012 - The Australian military was rocked by more sex scandals, including allegations of assault, child porn, rape and drug-dealing within its ranks.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Twilight Guitar with Bart Stenhouse @ Buckleys of Dunolly

Fresh from his tour of India, Australian virtuosic guitarist Bart Stenhouse will be touring Victoria. Jazz fusion/ mandolinist and guitarist, Bart’s music brilliantly blends feiry flamenco with cool jazz and rollicking Indian rhythms to create a sound that leaves the listener energised and ready for more..

Bookings required for this limited seating special twilight event at Buckley’s of Dunolly.

Seating is limited. Book with Rachel at 0427 275 006 or $25 goes directly to the artist.

January 11 On This Day in Australian History

1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degrees Celsius, 47 people had died in Bourke alone, and by the end of January 437 people across the southern states had died.

1896 - At Johnstone's Bay, Sydney, a young male was fatally attacked by a shark while swimming.

1902 - Wash those grotty digits lads ! Fingerprinting of criminals was begun in Sydney.

1904 - Ah Hook was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Yanoo, a Japanese laundryman, at Carnarvon.

1908 - An Aboriginal reserve on the Boggy Creek run at Butcher’s Hill, south east of Laura was gazetted by the Queensland Government in 1894, however the reserve status of the land was rescinded on this day.

1911 - Tropical cyclone passed from the Gulf of Carpentaria inland and caused severe destruction at Marburg in south west Queensland. Areas suffered gale force winds.

1918 -The South Australian Government Gazette published today in 1918 the 69 place names that had been changed from German origin names to Anglo names.

1922 - The  Railway line from Hernes Oak to Yallourn  (Vic) opened.

1933 - Man didn't sprout wings, so Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith flew the first paying passenger to NZ.

1943 - Start of 25 pounder trials at Singleton (NSW) where 138 rounds B4 (tear gas) and 342 Y4 (mustard) were fired.

1965 – The Wanda Beach Murders occurred in Sydney and remain unsolved.

1971 - Demolition of historic house Birksgate at Glen Osmond, (South Oz)  to make way for a housing estate due to rezoning of land forcing the sale of the house.

1973 - Gov-Gen Sir Paul Hasluck announced Australia had ceased hostilities in Vietnam, ending 11 years of Australia's involvement in the war.

1973 - The Commonwealth Government prohibited the export of kangaroo skins.

1974 - The Mungindi Railway line (NSW) was closed from Weemelah - Mungindi.

1979 - Today saw the last Echuca to Deniliquin railmotor service.

 1979 - Cyclone Greta crossed Princess Charlotte Bay.

1980 - Australia imposed sanctions against the Soviet Union after it invades Afghanistan.

1986 - Don't you worry about that...The Gateway Bridge, linking north and south Brisbane, was officially opened by Premier Bjelke-Peterson.

1988 - Not to be outdone by his northern counterpart, Premier John Cain opened The National Tennis Centre in Melbourne.

1991 - An attempt was made to kill 1,000 cane toads in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens.

1991 - Cyclone Joy caused $250 million damage in northern Queensland.

1995 -  The then-Premier of South Oz Dean Brown pulled a distressed and listless moorhen water bird from the mud and muck during an inspection of the River Torrens.

1998 - Cyclone Sid moved from the Gulf across Cape York and intensified into a monsoon low near Townsville resulting in severe flooding and landslides. Peak wave height recorded at 5.41 metres. Total damage cost over $100 million (at 1998 value).

2005 – Nine people were killed in bushfires in South Australia, making them the worst fires seen in Australia since Ash Wednesday.

2008 - The brand spankers Wilkins Runway at the Australian Antarctic Territory hosted the arrival of Airbus A319 which was the first passenger flight from Oz.

2009 - At Fingal Beach (NSW) a young male surfer received severe but non-fatal injuries to his leg from a 3.5 metre shark whilst surfing.

2009 - At Binalong Bay, (Tas) a young female surfer received severe but non-fatal injuries to her leg by a 5 metre white shark whilst surfing.

2011 - In Australia thousands of people fled central Brisbane as the panicked city braced for its worst flooding in 120 years. Terrifying flash floods already left 10 dead and 78 missing nearby.

2016 - At Happy Valley Beach, Caloundra, (QLD) a young male surfer received lacerations to his foot from a Wobbegong shark whilst surfing.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The Dunolly Jazz & Blues Show

Come and enjoy this afternoon of Jazz and Blues, where Oozin’ Blues will be special guests.
Music starts around 1pm.
Bands will include The Groove Dudes, Six Degrees, and The Jazz Dudes.
Bar opens around Midday and BBQ snacks and woodfired Pizzas are available.
Entry is gold coin, and if you want to sleep over, bring your swag, caravan or motorhome!
For any information call Jan Stephenson on 0408 442960.


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