Thursday, January 4, 2018

January 4 On This Day in Australian History

1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.

1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay.....
...no, Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis  at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - SToday saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within two miles of Sydney, being the first water-mill ever erected in the vicinity of Sydney.

1815 - The Frances and Eliza, en route to Australia with 123 convicts, were captured by US privateer Warrior and pillaged. The ships were later allowed to continue their voyage.
Nothing like being pillaged by an American pirate ship to excite the lives of convicts!

1837 - Not beating about the bush The Powers That Were in Crow-Eater Country (South Oz to the likes of you & I) appointed  Robert Thomas, who arrived in South Australia aboard the Africaine in November 1836, as the Government printer.

1838 - HMS Beagle under Commander John Clements Wickham, sets sail for the north from Fremantle to begin surveying the northern shores of Australia. On board is explorer John Lort Stokes. It is the Beagle's first of four expeditions around the Australian coast.

1840 - The house of Colonel Kenneth Snodgrass at Raymond Terrace was robbed of 300 pounds of plate and wearing apparel by three armed men.

1848  - In the first move towards the DIY industry the Female Factory in Parramatta was closed, leaving men no choice but to have High Tea with the local sheep.

1851 - Proving that the heady mix of alcohol and New Years celebrations are not confined to the yoof of today the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser (gawd, what a header!) tattled today on a group of chappies charged with riot and assault at Black Creek.

1853 - Popping up and down like those pesky rabbits the Adelaide Times appeared on a daily basis.

1854 - The Victorian Legislative Council confirmed the desirability of using the in-fill site between the town and East Melbourne as a Parliamentary precinct for legislative purposes (note that the area was not formally reserved until 1984). Of course they'd like to use it...but did anybody bother asking us if we minded?

1854 - The McDonald Islands discovered Captain William McDonald poking around near them.

1858 - Today was not a good day for Rev Gerald Ward...cos he gave up eating and drinking.
The good father was the founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society in Oz, establishing the St Vincent de Paul Orphanage in South Melbourne.

1865 - Brisbane and Rockhampton were linked by telegraph.

1876 - Steamer City of San Francisco broke the record for the trip between San Francisco and Sydney, completing the journey in under 27 days.
Faster than your garden variety former PM trying to flee the chamber to avoid casting a vote.

1894 - Fifty people died as a severe cyclone devastated the Western Australian pearling fleet on the north-west coast.

1913 - Despite applying to become a naturalised citizen and being a committed Christian, and the fact that he owned a successful business with long established Chinese-born Australian relatives in Horsham then opened a branch of the same business in Geelong, despite the fact he had two daughters born in Australia the younger  Lena Hop Poon Gooey, on this day the Commonwealth Govt was hell-bent on reducing the numbers of Chinese people in the Fair Ilse of Oz so threatened to deport Ham Hop Poon Gooey and his family until they sailed back to Hong Kong in May 1913.

1913 - The Church of Christ in Bassendean, W.A , was built by 120 volunteers on this day, then dragged to it's current position in Ivanhoe St.Wonder if we can ask them to tender for the next Govt building contract?

1967 - In its first edition for the new year, Aussie pop magazine Go-Set announced that The Easybeats' international hit Friday On My Mind has reached Number1 in Holland.

1968 - The search for the body of Harold Holt was called off, announced officially the following day.

1979 - Australia's highest rainfall, 1140 mm, was recorded at Bellenden Ker station, Qld.

1982 - Former Prime Minister Sir William McMahon resigned his seat in Parliament.

1988 - The chappies in Fremantle Prison weren't given to singing the Prisoner title song On The Inside although the wrestling video clip for the song probably inspired the riot they staged in the prison to the cost of $1.8 million.

1992 - Violent protests in Melbourne mark the end of a visit to Australia by US President George Bush Snr.

2013 - Four bushfires peaked on this day. In the worst-hit town of Dunalley 63 homes and a primary school went up in flames when fires cut off the town without adequate firefighting assistance in place, according to a later inquiry. Over the course of several days the fires killed one person and destroyed 431 buildings, 200 of them residential.

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