Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 20 On This Day in Australian History

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 – The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps land in France.

1917 Lieutenant F.H McNamara, from Rushworth in Victoria, became the first Aussie airman to win a VC for rescuing a downed comrade in Palestine.

1920 Some feller who was handy with a needle and thread started his tailoring company called (David) Fletcher Jones. He later set up shop in Warrnambool in 1924.

1920 - Constable George Henry Taylor, Victoria Police, was shot whilst attempting to effect arrest.

1929 Start flapping those wings, the first airmail stamp was issued in Australia and it cost a whole threepence!

1932 - The North Shore Railway Line (NSW) was kicked to the kerb and closed.

1946 Henry Handel Richardson aka Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, Aussie author who was surreptitiously but openly out of the closet during her lifetime, popped her clogs.

1976 A general election was held in Victoria - close enough to record as poltergeist activity with political careers rising from the dead...

1983 Chas, Di and Wee Willy popped in for a cuppa and some scones.

1989 The Lil Aussie Weeper, PM Bob Hawke, blubbered on national TV while admitting to doing the dirty on his wonderful wife, Hazel.

1990 – British-born serial killer John Wayne Glover was arrested for the murders of six elderly women on Sydney's North Shore.

2006 Cyclone Larry gatecrashed Far North Queensland, leaving AU$1billion in damages and no affordable bananas for nearly 2 years.

2008 - The government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health leaders signed a Statement of Intent in the Great Hall of Parliament House to work together to achieve equality in health status and life expectancy between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians by the year 2030.

2008 - Australia commits $17 million to train Aboriginal nurses and doctors, as part of efforts to close a 17-year gap in the life expectancies of indigenous and other Australians.

2009 - Retired Federal Court judge Marcus Einfeld is sentenced to at least two years' jail for perjury and making a false statement with intent to pervert the course of justice, to avoid a $75 speeding ticket in 2006.

2009 - The federal government's Fair Work Bill passes parliament, assigning the Howard government's controversial Work Choices industrial relations regime to history.

2015 - More than 150 people filled the Redfern Community Centre to discuss a treaty for Australia’s first people.

Monday, March 19, 2018

March 19 On This Day in Australian History

1790 - HMS (His Majesty's Ship) Sirius was popping over to Norfolk Island with a bite to eat when it had a nasty mischief on a reef and went belly up.

1803 - Laurence Dempsey was Hanged for feloniously entering the house of Thomas Neal of Richmond Hill.

1836 - Marvellous, wonderful and simply splendid David Scott Mitchell was pupped today. Mitchell spent most of his life and a small fortune collecting Australiana, which he donated to the NSW State Library on his death. Old Four Hours was the nickname the hansom cab drivers gave him due to his habit of spending 4 hours every Monday searching through second hand book shops.

1839 - Land prices plummeted and the locals upped sticks and decamped... settlement began at Port Lincoln.

1839 - Honey bees were landed upon Kiwi soil for the first time.

1840 - Thomas Whitton was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Hawker and arson at Oak Park, Crookwell. Whitton had earlier murdered John Kennedy Hume, brother of the explorer Hamilton Hume.

1849 - George Waters Ward was Hanged at Maitland for the murder of Richard Connolly (or King) at Muswellbrook.

1852 - Adelaide was rolling in it after the first gold escort rocked into town from the Mount Alexander goldfields with over 5,000 oz of the glittery stuff.

1856 - The very first secret ballot in the whole wide world happened in Victoria because the pollies had Secret Mens Business to deal with.

1856 - The Victorian Railways Department was created as part of and by the Victorian Government...and no, they weren't crocheting sardine cans with shoe-horns, why do you ask?

1858 - The Newcastle Branch Railway Line (NSW) was thrown open for the shunting business of train travel.

1858 - Edward Cardana (alias John Nelson alias Michael Ferrara) was Hanged for the murder of John Armstrong at Long Gully.

1866 - At the ripe old age of 20 years John Dunn danced his way into the great wide beyond at the end of a rope for taking up bushranging with Ben Hall as a career move.

1866 - James Jones was Hanged at Ballarat for the murder of Dr Julius Saenger, committed at Scarsdale.

1894 - Ernest Knox was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Isaac Crawcour whilst in the act of burglary at Williamstown.

1904 - The inaugural Henley-on-Yarra boating race was held in Melbourne, what-oh, to be won by the august Ballarat team.

1907 - At Bonnievale in Westralia miner Modesto Vareschetti was trapped in a flooded mine for 9 days. He was eventually rescued by Frank Hughes who had repeatedly brought him food in a diving suit.

1913 - The recently departed original singing cowboy Smokey Dawson was born today. A friend of Ned Kelly's family and a resident of St Vincent's Boys' Home in Sth Melbourne, Herbert Henry (nee Brown) Dawson lived a remarkable life.

1923 - The North Coast Railway Line (NSW) was available for all steamy locomotives to begin trundling along its tracks.

1932 - Big Jack Lang finally got his own way and officially opened the Coat Hanger aka Sydney Harbour Bridge after Francis de Groot had cantered over it on his trusty charger and slashed the fancy red ribbon with his handy-dandy sword.

1951 - Parliament dissolved 
The Governor-General granted a double dissolution of both houses of parliament. He held that the Senate’s action in referring the Commonwealth Bank Bill to committee was a ‘failure to pass’ the Bill. This was only the second double dissolution of the parliament, the first being in 1914.

1964 - The Meringur to Morkalla Railway line (Vic) closed and for which I am STILL not speaking to that fool!

1969 -  Some newbie Sydney band called Sherbet debuted at the New 2UW Spectacular at Brookvale Oval.

1976 - The Aboriginal Embassy was re-established by the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC) in the home of retired army colonel, Mr John Moloney, 26 Mugga Way, Red Hill, ACT, to protest Coalition Government cutbacks to Aboriginal organisations and the threat to abolish the National Aboriginal Consultative Committee (NACC).

1979 - Crawford Productions began filming on the short-lived aircraft soapie Skyways. Starring former helicopter pilot from Skippy Tony Bonner with Tina Bursil, Gaynor Martin( now Mrs Glen Wheatley), a rather young Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan, Skyways failed in takeoff.

1979 - Melbourne: The Full Bench of the Arbitration Commission grants maternity leave for all women in private industry in a test case by the ACTU

1985 - The ABC’s Four Corners program screened a full hour report on AIDS.

1988 - Openly gay, former Young Labor President, Paul O’Grady was elected to the Legislative Council.

2013 - As part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) and its 35th anniversary celebrations, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives  pulled the slide projector out from under the bed and invited some of its special friends to share some of their most precious queer historical pics at  MQFF Festival Lounge (Beer Deluxe), Federation Square, Melbourne.

2015 - Thousands of people rallied in cities and towns around Australia protesting against the planned closure of around 150 remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

March 18 On This Day in Australian History

1804 - Jervis Bay Aborigines visited Sydney.

1816 - Macquarie advises Lord Bathurst in London: ‘It is my Intention, as soon as I shall have Ascertained What Tribes Committed the late Murders and Depredations, to send a strong Detachment of Troops to drive them to a Distance from the Settlements of the White Men.’

1820 - Macquarie scribbled in his journal on this day;
"I returned early this morning to Parramatta, accompanied by Commodore Vassilieff, and Lieut. Aveenoff in my own Carriage, and by Capt. Schessmareff, Lieut. Hall, and Lieut. Ignatieff, of the Russian Squadron. — After Breakfast I walked all over the Town of Parramatta with these Gentlemen. — Colonel Erskine came up from Sydney to dine with us, and Lieut. King R. Navy also made one of our Dinner Party. — Capt. Piper kindly lent me his Carriage for 3 of the Russian Officers."

1825 - Helping Or-stray-lia feel more like Old Blighty the Sydney Turf Club was hatched.

1833 - Joseph Coleman was Hanged at Old Banks, Paterson Plains for the attempted murder of Edward Cory.

1834 - In England, six English agricultural laborers , the so-called “Tolpuddle Martyrs” ,were sentenced to seven years of banishment to Australia’s New South Wales penal colony for their trade union activities.

1840 - Talk about bringing down the house...the Royal Hotel and theatre were destroyed by fire but, fear not! Tales continue to be woven on the same spot in the guise of Dymock's book store in George St, Sydney.

1844 - St Patricks Church, Church Hill, designed by JF Hilly and built by Andrew Ross & Co, was ready for use. The parish priest was John McEncroe, an Irishman, which further cemented the church in the Irish community.

1850 - A red Letter day in some people's diaries - the birth of James Toohey in Melb, founder of Toohey's Brewery.

1863 - Alexander Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1863 - Charles Ross, Bushranger. Hanged at Darlinghurst for highway robbery and the attempted murder of Harry Stephens at Caloola, near Blayney.

1867 - William Henry Scott was Hanged at Darlinghurst for the murder of Anne Ramsden (Scott) in Sussex St.

1877 - Constable Thomas Collins, Victoria Police, was on patrol in the Wangaratta area when he fell from his horse. He received internal injuries and died on the 23rd March 1877, at the Wangaratta Hospital.

1878 - The famous Queen Victoria Market was flung open for business in Melbourne; from whence one can acquire fresh fruit, vegies, meat, seafood and cheap souvenirs whilst walking all over the 9,000 dead bodies still interred down below.

1887 - Excitement squirrel gripped the public when the Heyfield to Maffra (Vic) railway line was flung open.

1888 - Due to the not-so-sweet aromas wafting about Smell-bourne the Royal Commission to enquire into Melbourne's Sanitary Conditions was established.
Although....must have been difficult to enquire into something that didn't exist!

1889 - William Harrison was Hanged at Bendigo for the murder of 'Corky Jack' Duggan at Elmore.

1892 - Duck, they were at it again!
Extending the rail network, that is, when they opened the Rokeby to Neerim South section of the Noojee Railway line (Vic).

1892 - Tomahawk was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1892 - Dicky was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1892 - Chinaman (Jerringo) was hanged at Mount Dockerell, the site of the crime, for the murder of William Miller.

1910 - He of the smoke and mirrors, Harry Houdini, piloted the first controlled aircraft flight at Diggers Rest, Vic.

1923 - John Campbell Miles, having nothing better to do that day, discovered lead and silver at Mt Isa, Qld.

1940 The (con artists) Govt started (flogging) selling War Savings Certificates.

1942 - Whilst flitting from one train to the next (due to differences in rail gauges) at Terowie in South Oz on his way to Adelaide Gen. Douglas MacArthur made his infamous speech of "I came out of Bataan and I shall return,".
Thankfully he didn't.

1944 - The War Cabinet agreed to raising the wage of Torres Strait Islander servicemen to 66% of what the white servicemen were paid, backpaying the increase to 1st July 1943 but only on the proviso that the wages were still paid to the Director of Native Affairs.

1954 - Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived for their first visit to South Australia on this day.

1957 - Food on the run became popular when Meals on Wheels was introduced in Sydney.

1974 - Grundy's high-school soapie Class Of '74 premiered on Channel 7, with theme music by Brian Cadd.

1985 - Neighbours premiered on Channel 7, the channel who in a moment of complete silliness axed the soapie after only 6 months and has wept buckets of tears ever since while watching its popularity climb on another channel.
( Whoever made that decision is probably still cleaning public dunnys).

2007 - More than 200,000 pairs of feet walked across the poor old used and abused Sydney Harbour Bridge to "celebrate" her 75th birthday.
You sick people! 

2011 - Dr. Peter Michell of Macquarie University announced he had located the exact spot of Bennelong's grave in a private garden in Putney.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17 On This Day in Australian History

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near Launceston...my crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since.

1856 - The foundation stone of St Francis Xavier's Cathedral, Adelaide, was laid on this day.

1870 – John Ross discovered and named the Alice Springs while exploring the route for the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 Gen Douglas MacArthur rocked up to Oz and set up shop in Melbourne.
Ahh, the hardships people must endure in war time...

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1943 The Brisbane Courier Mail newspaper ran the article in which the Trade and Customs Minister announced in the Senate that unless more barley was grown the Aussie beer output of 7,200,000 gallons per month would have to be cut.
What, no green ale?!

1962 Today saw the grand opening/airing of CBN 8 Orange (CBN = Country Broadcasting New South Wales) a TV station that is now affiliated with Prime7.
Where they, no doubt, had a few sherberts in the green hue.

1967 And they most probably raised a glass or 3 at the official opening of the Honeysuckle Creek Space Tracking Station in Canberra on this day; this was the famous antenna that received, then relayed to the whole world, the TV images of Neil Armstrong taking a Sunday stroll on the Moon.

1969 Roma no aroma! Brisbanites were the sensible ones to be the first to use piped natural gas, piped in from Roma.

1984 Geoffrey Blainey, who had championed the study of Aboriginal history, and who had dared suggest that the Indigenous way of life compared favourably with that in some parts of Europe, lit the fuse to what has become known as "The History Wars" when he passed remarks upon the then-Hawke Govt favouring a high rate of Asian immigration during a time of high unemployment.Some saw his remarks as racist and the fall-out was dramatic; he and his family were threatened, his tutorials were loudly interrupted by protestors to the point that all further lectures were cancelled for that year.
Not a day to relish an Irish shandy.

Friday, March 16, 2018

March 16 On This Day in Australian History

National Close the Gap Day
An annual event to raise awareness of the health experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Evidence indicates that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a life expectancy approximately 10 years less than other Australians. The day aims to promote health equality within a generation.

1774 - Cat lovers, unite and celebrate with some fermented catnip!
Or purchase a Catshead apple tree from Rippon Lea to mark the occasion!
Matthew Flinders, explorer, navigator, author and faithful servant to his cat Trim, was pupped on this day in Lincolnshire.

1787 - The (rabble was rousing) First Fleet was gathering at Mother Bank off the Isle of Wight.

1791 - The first bush blocks land grants were made to free men ie those without either type of ball and chain.

1826 - saw the establishment of the Australian Subscription Library, which morphed into  the Sydney Free Public Library which in turn became the State Library of NSW.
Go and celebrate at a library today!
Or at least return those overdue books.

1836 - Down in Tassie a wooden tramway was completed where convicts hauled the trucks between Port Arthur and Norfolk Bay.
Lucky buggers, think of the stunning views they could have enjoyed!

1839 - William Hamilton a Presbyterian Minister appointed by the Presbytery of NSW wrote,
" The Aboriginal natives are not very numerous yet a few are found everywhere. I believe they have very much decreased since the settlers with their convict servants came among them and they are likely to decrease, not that they are now frequently killed by the whites in these parts which have been for some years settled but because they have few children or at least few that are seen growing up."

1841 - Edward Davis, who was not the Messiah but just another naughty bushranger handing out his booty to the poor, was "hanged by the neck until he was dead". Yep, that'll do it!

1914 – Fourteen people died in a train accident at Exeter, New South Wales.

1928 - The Stony Crossing Railway Line was opened for its whole 63 kms from Murrabit (Vic) to Stony Crossing (NSW).

1932 - The first flashing light signal for road traffic crossing railway tracks was installed at Mentone in Moorabin Road.

1940 - Girls, steady yourselves!
Jockey Y fronts went on sale in NZ stores.

1949 -  A patronising paternalistic pat on the head to Aboriginals who'd served in the armed forces and allow them to FINALLY have the right to vote in their own country.

1949 - The 'esteemed' ASIO was established.
Ho, hum.

1961 - Monash University went into business of knocking knowledge into craniums when it opened its doors.

1963 - The 1963 petition was preceded by correspondence that recorded the community's concern for their land. Narritjin Maymuru, Wandjuk Marika, Mawalan Marika, Jurriny and Munggarawuy Yunupingu wrote to Superintendent Rev. Wells collectively stating that all balanda were 'to keep out of Melville Bay, Cape Arnhem, Caledon Bay and Bremer Island' and that 'Notices will be placed at all those places proclaiming the areas as belonging to Aboriginal people'

1982 - 600 – 800 demonstrated against the Unsworth Bill outside Parliament House.

1982 - The Homosexual Law Reform Coalition NSW holds a public meeting at Paddington Town Hall to protest against the failure of law reform.

1983 - Constable Bourke, Victoria Police, died whilst on duty.

1984 - The Quarantine Station at Sydney Harbour was closed as an operational maritime quarantine facility.

1988 - Constable Zucchetti, NSW Police, died whilst on duty.

1988 - Constable Burns , NSW Police, died whilst on duty.

1999 - The Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre hosted Getting Pregnant, Lesbian Style.

1999 - NZHistory.net.nz was officially launched on this day.
And a bloody good site it is, too.
You Kiwis should be damn proud of it.

2000 - Bill Gray, a.k.a. Land Turnip, a fixture at almost all of Sydney’s drag community fund raisers, died from a heart attack, aged 36.

2005 - Abolition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
 Parliament passed the ATSIC Amendment Bill, repealing provisions of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Act 1989 (Commonwealth) and thereby abolishing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission and its structures from 30 June 2005

2008 - Today was the 14th straight day for Adelaide residents to sizzle like a sausage in temps over 35 degrees.

2008 - HMAS Sydney and German cruiser Kormoran were finally found off the West Oz coast.

2011 - Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation released the video FMG’s Great Native Title Swindle showing Fortescue Metals Group head Andrew Forrest addressing a remote Pilbara community meeting. The video showed how powerless and unsupported Aboriginal people are when negotiating with a multibillion-dollar corporation. The video caused big waves in the media.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

March 15 On This Day in Australian History

1806 - Sealers from the ship George massacred Aborigines at Twofold Bay.

1806 - Things were crook in Tallarook... and everywhere else after the Hawkesbury River ran a banker and washed away houses, stock and crops which left the colony to face a savage diet reduction starvation.

1821 - At the Native Institution, Parramatta, Michael Yarringuy, a ‘native constable’ at Richmond, wed Polly, while Robert Naringguy [Bobby Nurragingy], son of Nurragingy or Creek Jemmy, married Betty Fulton. Both girls are from the Native Institution, now at Black Town.

1824 - Dig up those tins of pennies under the patio, Aunty Maud...The Bank of Van Diemen's Land opened its doors for business in Hobart.

1848 - Ohhh no need to throw away the injured and dying now that the Melbourne Hospital was open.

1870 - After Captain Charles Sturt swanned through the area with the help of local Wiradjuri guides a mere 41 years later Wagga Wagga was incorporated as a municipality.

1877 - The first cricket Test was fought between Oz and England at the MCG with the home grown colonial lads showing the visitors how it was done with a win of 45 runs.

1887 - A group of blokes (who obviously didn't get out much) got all hot and bothered over some other blokes sheep shearing machine thingie.
Yeah, men and their sheep....

1901 - The Australian Historical Society had its first knees up.
Was later dubbed Royal Australian Historical Society.
But the cream teas never lived up to that first meeting.

1901  - The (Hysterical) Historical Society of NSW held its first meeting.

1909 - The Toronto Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1924 - The squadron of British warships, which had been visiting Adelaide for four days, sailed for Melbourne. The two battleships, Hood and Repulse, and five light cruisers, Delhi, Dauntless, Dragon, Danae and Dunedin, were on a ten-month world tour. The two huge battleships had to anchor off Glenelg, but the cruisers were berthed at Outer Harbour and open for inspection.

1927 - Today the Register, a South Oz newspaper, related the tale of how the nickname "Crow Eater" came to be dubbed onto those from the state of South Australia.
" The following is the most feasible explanation, and is, I believe, the correct one:— In 1851 my father and uncle travelled overland to the Bendigo diggings. On their arrival they were accosted with the words, 'some crow-eaters.' It appeared that a short time before they arrived, a party of South Australians had arrived in a very hard-up state, being   without food and looking very much knocked up. While crossing the 90-mile desert they ran out of tucker, and were forced to shoot crows for food, as nothing better could be obtained. On relating their experiences, they were dubbed the 'crow-eaters.' The term was afterwards applied to every new arrival from the central State".

1929 - Oh, now, isn't that pleasant?
The Regent Theatre in Melbourne was opened.

1934 - The Western Mail trumpeted of the recapture of the notorious warrior Nermarluk who had escaped Fanny Bay Gaol whilst awaiting trial for the murders of a Japanese boat crew; he had evaded recapture for several years having survived three bullet wounds and a fall from a high cliff. He led a group of 100 warriors when carrying out raids on livestock, other Aboriginal groups and resistance to occupation of tribal lands.

1940 - First two women from the Voluntary Aid Detachments organisation enlist in the AIF Most Voluntary Aids transferred after August 1942 into the new Australian Army Women's Medical Service. Over 200 Voluntary Aids served in the Middle East and Ceylon during the Second World War.

1950 - Rosaleen Norton, The Witch of Kings Cross, graced the cover of People magazine in Sydney...only because, I'm sure, they couldn't fit that cricket match on just the front cover

1957 - Jessie Street wrote a letter (not with a thumbnail dipped in tar) regarding the Aborigines (sic) and a possible referendum.
See? Listen to women, we're always right.

1981 - The Lilydale to Yarra Glen railway line (Vic) was closed.

1981 - The Yarra Glen to Healsville Railway line (Vic) was closed.

1987 - The Tumbarumba Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1989 – Plans for the controversial Wesley Vale pulp mill were scrapped following protests over the environmental impact of the mill.

2003 - Cricket legend and all-round nice bloke who can't sing for peanuts, Brett Lee took a One Day International hat trick at Kingsmead in Durban.

2006 - QEII beamed down from the mothership (don't you just love how inconspicuously she manages that?) and happened to be passing the MCG when she noticed the 18th Commonwealth Games needed an official to open them, so she kindly obliged.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March 14 On This Day in Australian History

1805 -  Bennelong and Nanbarry each spear the Cow Pastures (Camden) leader Cogy in a revenge battle on the road between Prospect and Parramatta. For three weeks, Cogy walked about with a spear shaft sticking out of his body.

1831 - Surprise! No, really... Surprise, the first paddle steamer knocked together by the chippies in Sydney, was launched.

1836 - Charlie Darwin took his bat and ball and left our shores when HMS Beagle set sail for the horizon.

1863 - The grand town of Goulburn went from lovely provincial village to lovely but oldest provincial city today when a wand was waved above it (via Royal Letters Patent creating the Anglican See).

1869 - The 3rd Maori War ended when Titokowaru was defeated.

1883 -  Today was to be a gala day for the people of Aldgate as the official opening of the first section of the railway line to Nairne was to take place.

1888 - Queen's College, of Melbourne University, was officially opened with 18 students.

1894 - Columbian tightrope walker Juan Caicedo made his first appearance in Adelaide fresh from his triumphs in Melbourne and Sydney

1899 - The first narrow gauge railway line openedwas from  Wangaratta-Whitfield (Vic).

1905 - The Odontological Society of Queensland was such a wilde and crazy bunch of bods that they officially formed  The Odontological Society of Queensland on this day.
 The objectives of the Society were to be the promotion of good fellowship and the advancement of the dental profession generally.
With much flossing in between times.

1908 - From flood prone Pinkenba Police Station Constable James Reville wrote on this day;
“I made a mounted patrol (on police horse ‘Bismark’) throughout the division to ascertain if any of the residents were in danger from the flood waters or needed assistance. Although Pinkenba, the Serpentine Country and portion of Eagle Farm presented the appearance of a huge lake, the residents were not in any actual danger as owing to the flat level nature of the country, the water broke over the Pinkenba flats into the Brisbane River and over the Myrtle Town flats into the bay when it had reached an average height of 20 inches in Pinkenba township …”

1912 - Geelong was dragged into the arcky-sparky age when electric trams began whizzing about her streets.

1919 - The Register (a South Oz fish wrapper by any other name) carried an article regaling readers about the Aboriginal peoples of the North with a great many claims by a Protector of Aborigines who planned to turn these tales into a healthy bank account via book sales.

1932 - A completely frivolous piece of garden equipment was unveiled by the Mayor of Sydney in Hyde Park when the Archibald Fountain, donated by The Bulletin founder J.F Archibald) was allowed to spray water anywhere it chose.

1935 - Kwok Chun Hang may not be a name known is every household like Grant Hackett, Thorpedo, Dawn Fraser, Gian Rooney, Madam Butterfly, Klim, etc, but the Chinese swimmer captured the minds of many Aussies during his brief 1935 swimming tour around the country; due to increasing Chinese and cultural commitments he was forced to abandon a greatly anticipated tour of NZ that should have culminated on this day.

1941 - Having a propensity for sending young boys overseas to be killed and injured for the fights old men start, the same old men realised they needed to care for the broken young men on their return so thus the Heidelberg Military Hospital(re-branded Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital in 1947), like so many other things in wartime, was born in a sea of blood and bandages.

1942 - 1942 Horn Island in the Torres Strait featured as a bomb target of the Japanese, just one of 9 times the island was hit with air raids.

1946 -  Disposal of No. 1 Central Reserve chemical warfare stocks by burning completed.

1956 - Scenting blood on the wounded public the Federal Govt upped the taxes on everything that sat still beer, spirits, cars, petrol, cigarettes and company tax.

1956 - Exciting the commuters no end was the electrification of the first electric passenger train between Melbourne and Traralgon.(Vic).

1968 - The Australian Army admitted to reports that one of its officers tortured a Vietnamese woman suspected of being a spy.

1982 - International Vanities (Caps) was heavily damaged by a fire that broke out in the top floor dressing room.

2000 - The Administrative Decisions Tribunal heard a claim by Richard Heystraten, a former chef at the Positive Living Centre, that he was refused treatment for a severed finger by the Surry Hills Medical Centre on 24/2/99, because of his HIV+ status. His case is dismissed on 19/3/00.

2013 - The Northern Territory Country Liberal Party elected Gamilaroi man Adam Giles as Chief Minister. He was the first Aboriginal person to head an Australian government.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

March 13 On This Day in Australian History

1810 - In court evidence, botanist George Caley (Kaley) says he saw Tedbury remove a lead bullet from his mouth. Luttrell, who claims he thought Tedbury had speared his sister, is acquitted. Writing in later years, John Macarthur Junior thinks Tedbury died ‘a year or two afterwards’ from the effects of his wounds.

1827 - Sydney's general street lighting was turned on for the first time....and the populace said,
"Oh, goody, I can see the rabid kangaroos coming for me this time,".

1828 - Charles Connor was Hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of James Mackenzie at Windsor.

1829 - There was a report of Bushrangers at Illawarra.

1852 - Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens was pupped. Youngest and favourite son of author Charles Dickens, Eddie upped sticks and parked himself on Aussie soil with another brother Alfred. Edward became well-known in the Aussie wool industry and a politician.

1856 - You can stop dressing up like dear old Ned when casting your vote - the Victorian Electoral Bill was passed with the breakfast prunes to allow for a secret ballot!

1860 - The first hotelkeeper's licence for the Overland Corner Hotel, South Oz, was granted to William Brand on this day.

1865 - On the steep and narrow road from Araluen to Majors Creek Ben Hall and Johnny Gilbert, with the assistance of Tom Clarke, attempted to hold up the Araluen Gold Escort.They shot at the guards, Constable Kelly, who was shot in the shoulder and Constable Byrne , who was shot in the foot but they were outflanked by the remaining two troopers and were forced to flee from the scene.

1866 -  Female reported that she had been with  bushranger Thunderbolt for ten months engaged to assist Mary Ann Bugg during her confinement and that Thunderbolt had kept her with them since then, tied up, that she had escaped  from their camp near the headwaters of the Little Manning River on this day.

1877 - The railway line from Winchelsea to Birregurra (Vic) was opened.

1884 - Don't start throwing the rice and confetti just yet - Daisy Bates got hitched to Breaker Morant but she soon kicked him to the kerb after he "forgot" to pay for the wedding and nicked some oinkers and a saddle.

1885 - The first Employers' Union was established in Melbourne.

1892 - Constable Arthur William Brown, Victoria Police; Constable Brown was walking in Williamson Street, Bendigo when he was unexpectedly struck in the mouth by a man called David Storey. Such was the violence of the blow, that Brown fell and struck his head on the stone water channel. His skull was fractured and he died as a result of the injury.

1958 - The last ever Aussie-built steam train went to work on the Brisvegas network.

1963 - The government excised land from the Arnhem Land reserve, without consulting the traditional owners. When bauxite mining at Yirrkala went ahead, the Yolngu took their case against the Nabalco mining company to the Northern Territory Supreme Court. In its 1971 decision, the court did not recognise their claim.

1967 - Record floods hit northern Queensland.

1969 - Back away slowly from the tin of baked beans - they finally started piping natural gas from Bass Strait, into Brisvegas saving many from being dutch ovened on a cold winters night.
Natural gas was also piped into Victoria from the Bass Strait fields for the first time.

1973 - The homosexuality of Jeff Hayler was made an issue of in the Student President elections at Macquarie University in Sydney.
Hayler eventually won the election.

1975 -  Split Enz arrived in Sydney from New Zealand.

1975 - Enactment of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act.

1977 - The New Christ Church Cathedral was consecrated in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Cathedral replaced the church that was destroyed in Cyclone Tracy.

1983 - The Task Force, a support group to raise funds for the Club 80 Legal Defence Fund met at the Sydney Gay Centre.

1985 "Neighbours....everybody needs gooood neighbours, with a little understanding..."
Yes, Jim Robinson moved his brood of offspring and entire street into our lounge rooms, without a by-your-leave I might add, and there the whole damn lot has taken root ever since.

1988 – West Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders, completed the first solo triple circumnavigation of the world.

1996 - 150 people rallied to save the Block around Eveleigh Street, Redfern. Organised by the Redfern Aboriginal Housing Coalition, the rally condemned plans to relocate up to 100 Aboriginal families from housing owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company in Redfern and to commercially develop the land.

2000 - The newly renovated Positive Living Centre which provided a meeting place, meals and referral services for HIV+ clients, in the old Surry Hills Police Station, was opened by Justice Michael Kirby.

2001 - An Aboriginal rights group occupied Cockatii Island and submitted a land claim under the Native Title Act 1993. On this day the High Court refused the group’s application and the group vacated the Island.

2003 - ABC TV's science program Catalyst aired finds that Australia's Aborigines,the Gunditjmara people around Lake Condah,  farmed eels and built stone dwellings in the southeast of the country for 8,000 years.

2004 - Hundreds gathered to celebrate the opening of the new Redfern Community Centre.

2015 - A landmark NT Aboriginal Housing Forum in Darwin resolved to form a new NT Aboriginal Housing Body to tackle the worsening Aboriginal housing crisis in the NT.

2015 - The Matagarup Aboriginal Refugee Camp was set up on Heirisson Island in Perth, and was issued with an ultimatum by the City of Perth to dismantle all permanent structures at the site by 12 pm on this day. When this was not adhered to around 50 police moved in with horses and dogs. They began dismantling the embassy, seizing mattresses, chairs and a marquee, which they loaded into trucks.

2016 - The Mullagh Wills Foundation celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the 1866 Boxing Day match between the MCC and the All Aboriginal Cricket Team  with the official launch at the annual Johnny Mullagh cricket match in Harrow.
The launch involved local Aboriginal community leaders and descendants of the original Aboriginal Cricket Team and the original property settlers who taught the Aboriginals to play cricket. Other dignitaries included Member for Wannon Hon Dan Tehan and State Member for Lowan Emma Kealy MP and representatives of five Councils.

2017 - A record number of Indigenous students from The University of Western Australia graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree this year, the highest number of Indigenous Law graduates in UWA's history.

Monday, March 12, 2018

March 12 On This Day in Australian History

1773 - Tobias Furneaux, second in command on Cook's second jaunt to the Pacific, was so impressed with Adventure Bay in Tassie that he parked his boat there for 5 days where he explored the bright lights and big city had the rigging overhauled, and wood and water collected .

1827 - William Leddington was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - James Smith was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - John Edwards was Hanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 -Richard Johnson  wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1827 - Edward Coulthurst wasHanged at Sydney for piracy on the brig Wellington at Norfolk Island.

1842 - First issue of Launceston Examiner.

1853 - William Wright was Hanged outside Adelaide Gaol for a murder committed at East Wellington.

1868 - We know what Henry James O'Farrell was up to on this day as he so thoughtfully made his mark in history for future historians by attempting to assassinate the 2nd male pup of Queen Vicky, Prince Alfred, as he swanned about a picnic at Clontarf in Sydney.
The prince fully recovered from the shooting but, alas, the deemed insane O'Farrell failed to recover from the hangman's noose.

1877 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened in all its glory.

1883 - Murrumgunarriman, known as Twopenny, who was a member of the famous Aboriginal Cricket Team of 1868, passed away.

1885 - Const 1/C John Mitchell, NSW Police,  was shot by an escaping prisoner.

1903 - Constable John Hamley, WA Police, drowned at Roebourne.

1904 - Australia's first car race was held near current-day Sandown Park, Victoria, with Harley Tarrant rocketing across the line to the chequered flag in a twin cylinder car he built himself with the top engine pulling power of 8hp.

1906 - John Kelly (King) brother of Ned Kelly, regimental number 880, became a probationary constable in the WA Police Force.

1913 - Canberra was christened before it was actually built, with Mrs. Governor- General Lady Denman unveiling the foundation stones and the secretly-held moniker for our nations capital.

1916 - A Model T Ford left Glenelg, with five adults, three children and a pile of luggage, bound for Birdsville. The driver was Joseph Kelly, an employee of Ford agents Duncan and Fraser, who undertook to drive the owner, Jack Gaffney, licensee of the Birdsville hotel, and his family, in the new vehicle up the notorious Birdsville track.
After 1200 tortuous kilometres, they reached Birdsville.
The only problem with the car was one puncture.

1921- Edith Cowan was our first chickybabe elected to an Oz Parliament on this day in Westralia.

1923 - Frank Matamin alias Rosland was hanged at Fremantle Prison for the murder of Zareen at Nullagine.

1936 - Westralia made voting compulsory in state elections so they equally share the blame around for whoever gets in.

1953 - 40 intermarried couples - that is, Aussie servicemen who married Japanese gals whilst stationed in Japan - departed from Kure, Japan on this day.
Sadly, some chose not to travel to Oz for various reasons and 52 children were left behind by Australian fathers.

1955 - Constable Richard Mills, WA Police, murdered at Nyabing.

1957 - The inaugural meeting of the The Society for Growing Australian Plants was held in the Horticultural Hall, Victoria Street, Melbourne, on this day at 8 p.m.

1960 - The first Adelaide Festival of Arts was opened by the Governor- General, Viscount Dunrossil, from the Sound Shell in Elder Park, on this day.

1961 - Swan Hill wasn't a sleepy hollow on the banks of the Murray River any longer - it was proclaimed a Town!

1967 - Even though the trustees of the Myer Music Bowl stated they wouldn't sanction the 1967 Moomba Pop Concert  it went ahead anyway with The Seekers headlining before a record-making 200,000 audience.

1968 - The Federal government paid a reported $50,000 compensation to Captain John Robertson, who was commanding HMAS Melbourne at the time of the Voyager disaster.

1980 – James Miller was sentenced to life in prison for committing the Truro murders.

1991 - The President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, Justice Michael Kirby, raised the issue of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act covering HIV-AIDS in the first Tim Wilson Memorial Lecture.

2006 - The Country Fire Authority (CFA) said a large fire burning out of control in over 2,000 hectares of bush near Ballarat in Victoria's west was proving difficult to contain.

2007 - The Gunbalanya Council in the Top End community of oenpelli was asking charities and the public to donate much-needed kitchen items and clothing to flood-affected residents.

2008 - The New South Wales Government said it was looking at a Melbourne scheme which allows train commuters to travel free early in the morning, but the Opposition said it would not work.

2009 - A major oil slick from a damaged cargo ship spread from Moreton Island, off Brisbane, to the Sunshine Coast.

2010 - China's refusal to allow  HIV-positive Australian author,  Robert Dessaix, to enter the country led to calls for the Beijing Government to change the law.

2011 - The Department of Immigration said about 150 men broke out of a Christmas Island detention centre.

2012 - Gay rights activists slammed an anti-gay marriage ad by Katter's Australian Party for the Queensland election.

2013 - The centenary of Canberra was marked with an official ceremony on the lawns of Parliament House.

2014 - Warren Mundine from the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory council discussed Rosie Anne Fulton's case and other cases of indigenous people being held in prison without being tried because they were deemed unfit to plead.

2015 - Renowned Australian pianist David Helfgott was asked to choose soothing classical music as part of an innovative research project to help reduce stress levels in children with autism.

2016 - Suicide survivor Ingrid Cumming told her story in the hope of raising awareness and tackling the high rate of suicide in remote Aboriginal communities.

2017 - New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball, who created long-running comic strip Footrot Flats, died aged 78 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March 11 On This Day in Australian History

1813 - The first cattle fair was held, no doubt starring someone's mother in law, at Parramatta NSW.

1843 - Scratching about in the dirt during a brief 5 min break, tin was discovered near Beechworth in Victoria.

1845 - The first Maori War took place, with British troops sent from Australia over to NZ's North Island to suppress an uprising by the Maori's against European settlers breaches of the Waitangi Treaty.

1848 - The Savings Bank of South Australia opened its doors in rented premises in Gawler Place on this day.

1857 - William Twigham (or Twiggem, alias Lexton) was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of Sergeant Bernard McNally at the Cathcart Diggings, near Ararat.

1862 - John Seaver was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Richard Pettinger at Adelaide.

1871 - WA's first ever railway which tottled from Busselton to Yonganup was opened by a private timber company (it was dobbin-powered until August of that year).

1871 - The Overland Telegraph Party, having grown tired of square dancing their way across the desert, tripped over a spot now known as Alice Springs.

1873 - Samuel Wright was Hanged at Castlemaine for the attempted murder of a man Named Hagan (or Hogan) at Dead Horse Flat, near Eaglehawk.

1892 - Nasty piece of work Frederick Deeming was arrested at Southern Cross - the Westralian town, not the Melbourne train station - for murder most foul. Google the creature as his deeds are not fit for decent folk.

1914 - Joseph Belbin was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Margaret Ledwell at Deloraine.

1940 - Coalminers spat the dummy and went on strike for higher wages and shorter working hours; as it was during a war this brewed not a little resentment and ill-will. The strike wasn't sorted out until May.

1942 - Everyone over the age of 16 excitingly got to be registered and to carry ID cards.

1957 - The Aleutian Islands sent forth a tsunami that was felt along the coastline of NSW.

1961 - Monash Uni, in Melbourne and named after soldier and engineer Sir John Monash, was officially opened with a red ribbon, scissors and a bottle of champers flung against its side by Vic Premier Sir Henry Bolte.

1969 - Division 4, a cop drama set in Melbourne, arrested the viewing audience when it debuted on the idiot box today.

1972 - The Womens’s Right March in Sydney, with support from the Sydney Gay Liberation.

1980 - A Summer Offensive event, a forum Gays in our schools was held at Federation House. The booklet Young, Gay and Proud was discussed.

1983 - Bob Hawke tried on the crown as the 23rd Prime Minister of Oz.

1984 - Premier Wran and Police Minister Anderson announced the setting up of the Community Relations Bureau, including a Police-Gay Liaison Unit.

1984 - Almost 3,000 attended the International Women’s Day March from the Town Hall to Hyde Park.

1994 - The Chullora - Sefton Goods Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1996 - John Howard tried on the crown also as 25th Prime Minister of Oz.

2001 - Needing somewhere to store the relics that were once former PM's of Oz, the National Museum of Australia opened its doors for business.

2011 - NSW and Tasmania experienced the effects of a tsunami that began in Japan from the massive 8.9 earthquake  ; 56cm wave at Norfolk Island, 35cm wave at Port Kembla NSW, and a 23cm wave at Spring Bay TAS. Unusual currents noted at Port Kembla and Sydney Harbour. Several swimmers washed into a lagoon at Merimbula NSW.

2015 - Traditional owners in WA to launch class action over deregistration of sacred sites.

2015 -Tony Abbott, the Australian Prime Minister who aspires to be known for his contribution to indigenous affairs has been criticised for suggesting that Indigenous people who live on remote homelands are making a lifestyle choice. He said “it is not the job of the taxpayer to subsidise lifestyle choices”.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

March 10 On This Day in Australian History

1788 - French ships left Botany Bay never to be seen again (wrecked in Vanuatu with all lives lost).

1794 - The Flogging Parson aka Rev Samuel Marsden rocked up in Port Jackson aka Sydney.

1801 - Lieutenant James Grant and the Lady Nelson arrived at Jervis Bay, with Ensign Barrallier and botanist George Caley on board. The latter took the opportunity to explore the foreshores and meet the local Aborigines.

1804 - John Brannan, Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Sydney.

1804 - Timothy Hogan , Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Sydney.

1805 - Report of the return of Meehan and Kent to Sydney aboard the Ann.

1834 - William Ward  was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1834 - Samuel Newman was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1834 - Thomas Dawson was Hanged at Launceston for burglary.

1836 - The Tolpuddle Martyrs were all granted pardons. News of them reaches Sydney in June.

1840 - John (or James) Hunt ("The Doctor")  Hanged at Sydney for murder of Dan McCarthy at Regentville.

1852 - Today saw the sad demise of a little Wotjobaluk boy, William Wimmera, who had been taken from near Antwerp, Victoria, following the killing of his mother by the local station owner, to the UK by a reverend to be educated but quickly contracted and succumbed to TB.

1866 - Long Poy was Hanged at Castlemaine for the murder of Ah Yong at Emu Flat.

1874 - Explorer Ernest Giles stumbled over the Petermann Range in south west Northern Territory.

1877 - A shearing machine invented by Robert Savage was first demonstrated at Walgett, NSW.
On a sheep, of course.

1877 - Residents of Cloncurry, in Qld, were no longer villagers, they were city folk with the declaration of Cloncurry as a city site.

1882 - The Camden Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened all the way to Camden.

1884 - Another ugly bit of history- Pacific Islanders were forbidden, by an outrageously racist law, to obtain any work other than that of a plantation hand. This law was a result of a riot that broke out at the Mackay Racecourse after Pacific Islanders were refused service at a bar where whites were drinking.

1902 - The Inverell Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened allllll the way to Inverell.

1908 - Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Ernest Shackleton were tired of playing "I Spy" so they climbed Mount Erebus in Antarctica.

1913 - The Ayrfield Colliery Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened all the way to Ayrfield No 3 Colliery.

1918 - An extremely intense, severe tropical cyclone crossed the North Queensland Coast near Innisfail where almost every building in the town was flattened.  Winds of 240-288 km/hour battered the area.  Over 305 mm (12 inches) of rain fell on that Sunday, with the eye passing close to the Hull River at about 10 pm.  Many trees were uprooted and strewn on the ground, broken or bent right over and those remaining were stripped of leaves.

1919 - The Victoria Railways opened an extension of the tram service  from Sandringham to Black Rock.

1931 - Tired of waiting for the govt to actually do something constructive and wanting to lend a helping hand, the first Apex Club was born in Geelong.

1938 - An infantile paralysis (poliomyelitis) epidemic claims its 1,983rd victim.

1942  - Department of Defence cables the High Commissioner in London as to whether war gases can be supplied.

1946 – An Australian National Airways (ANA) DC3 aircraft crashed near Hobart, killing 25.

1949 - Lake George in Canberra felt the earth move when an earthquake shook its booty at 5.3 on the Richter Scale.

1949 - The town of Nightcliff, NT, was gazetted.

1949 - A Queensland Airlines Lockheed Lodestar crashed at Coolangatta, Qld, killing 21 people.

1959 - Obviously looking into their crystal balls and listening to Peter Costello's decree to spawn more offspring have more children, the Aussie population officially reached 10 million odds, bods and sods.

1965 - The first National Service birthday-draw was held.

1971 - Billy McMahon put on the crown to become Australia's 20th Queen PM.

1974 - Prince Philip officially opened Darwin Community College.

1986 - Carrick Hill, a grand estate at Springfield, bequeathed to the people of South Australia by Sir Edward Hayward who died in 1983, was opened to the public for the first time on this day.

1997 - Alcan South Pacific Pty Ltd entered into a detailed Heads of Agreement with the Aboriginal community in Weipa, Cape York, Queensland, for a proposed bauxite mining and shipping operation from Alspac’s existing mining lease at Ely, north of Weipa.

2006 - The Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services said the potentially fatal virus, Murray Valley encephalitis, had been found in chickens in the Darwin region.

2007 - A nine-year-old girl died from a brown snake bite in northern New South Wales.

2008 - A group of young Aborigines attending a Royal Lifesaving Society course asked for a formal apology after being asked to leave an Alice Springs backpacker hostel allegedly because of the colour of their skin.

2009 - A coronial inquest into the death in custody of an Aboriginal elder heard the air conditioning in the back of the prison van he was travelling in was broken.

2010 - Two NT Police constables told an inquest they were embarrassed by the way they treated a man who later died in custody.

2011 - A major supermarket chain said its stores throughout Western Australia were still dealing with the fall out from a flooded rail line in South Australia.

2012 - Residents in the Perth suburb of Gosnells were being told to leave their homes or get ready to defend them as fire crews worked to contain a blaze in a wildlife reserve.

2013 - Australia's netball team was pursuing a pay rise after no increases in six years.

2014 - Australia's last police tailor,  Paull Houston, had moved to new job.

Friday, March 9, 2018

March 9 On This Day in Australian History

1787 – Dear Diary.....In Portsmouth, England, Lieutenant Ralph Clark began journalling the voyage of the First Fleet and the early years of British settlement.

1798 - John Wilson led a party including Henry Hacking to present-day Goulburn. According to Judge-Advocate David Collins he was "a wild, idle young man who preferred living among the natives to earning the wages of honest industry".

1804 - William Johnson, Convict, a principal along with Phillip Cunningham participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Executed at Castle Hill, then hung in chains (gibbeting).

1804 - John Neal , Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at the Government Farm, Castle Hill.

1804 - George Harrington, Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at the Government Farm, Castle Hill.

1807 - John Macarthur had 2 illegal stills imported, which weren't for producing tea and crumpets, so they were marked for immediate deportation.

1812 - John Gould mA soldier of the 73rd Regiment of Foot. Hanged in Sydney for the murder of Margaret Finnie, the wife of a fellow soldier.

1826 - The Letters Patent was issued in London to form a Church and School Corporation, giving the Anglican Church the status of an established religion in New South Wales with the right to vast areas of Crown land and control of the school system.

1830 - Standing around bragging about who's nag was the fastest was getting predictable so those in Launceston put their money where their mouths were and formed the Cornwall Turf Club, which held its first gee-gee race today.

1835 - Sir Thomas Mitchell shot through from Sydney for an exploratory trip down the Bogan and Darling Rivers.

1836 - He who would not let a drop pass his lips, temperance campaigner John Tawell ordered *sob* 600 gallons (or for the metrically minded souls, 2,271 litres) of the good stuff rum *sob* to be emptied into Sydney Harbour. *sob*
Pickled herring was on the menu for many a month afterwards.

1845 - Thomas Mitchell poured out his heart to his diary that his expedition party ‘had followed the well-beaten paths of the natives during the whole of this day’s ride, and most anxious my guides and I to see them; but they avoided us’.

1856 - Determined not to let the South Oz populace enjoy their scarce spare time from hard work, an election was held for the very first South Oz parliament.

1857 - Hobart was ever-so-gently lit by gas light.
The sort of gas we tear farmland apart for...not the baked beans kind.

1870 - Maria Smith shuffled off to Buffalo this mortal coil today. You might know her better as Granny Smith who lent her moniker to a green apple.

1870 -  Splish, splash I was takin' a bath.....Gympie's first recorded flood reached a height of 71 feet (21.64m).

1878 - Cyclones damaged the town of Cairns, Qld.

1880 - Newly created Pioneer Divisional Board (later Pioneer Shire Council) met for the first time.

1886 - The South Coast Railway Line (NSW) was opened all the way to Waterfall.

1886 - The Royal National Park Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened all the way to...guess?! - The Royal National Park !

1902 - British New Guinea was passed, like a parcel, to Australia but the Govt played coy and didn't formally accept this little trinket until 1906.

1903 - Cyclone Leonta damaged Townsville, Qld, 10 died.

1909 - Blessing those who flew kites with keys in thunderstorms, the electric tram service began scooting around Adelaide.

1909 - The Endeavour, an Australian-built hydrographic survey vessel, was the Commonwealth’s first seagoing ship. Its research work included locating fishing grounds off the east coast and in the Great Australian Bight.

1910 - Mitchell Library, Sydney, opened.

1924 - Const James Flynn, NSW Police, was shot by an escaping prisoner.

1928 - The Armidale Teachers College, NSW, was established.

1928 - Sergeant Alexander Mark, WA Police, was shot in the line of duty.

1937 - Construction began on the University of Queensland buildings, St Lucia.

1940 - The coal strike went national.

1949 - The Council for Industry and Scientific Research (CSIR) was re-organised (don't you just love a good reorganisation?)  and extended as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

1951 - The High Court said Pig Iron Bob Menzies' Govts' Communist Party Dissolution Act was very naughty and suggested he should learn to share his toys.

1955 - The Powers That Be won again through general apathy and ceased the Hamilton to Balmoral (Vic) train passenger service.

1966 - Australia's immigration laws were relaxed to allow non-European residents to apply for citizenship after five years instead of 15 years.

1967 -  Johnny Young headlined the 3CV Spectacular at the Capital Theatre, Bendigo.

1974 - Prince Philip and Earl Louis Mountbatten began a two-day visit to Darwin.

1974 - Changing their hemlines along with their title The Country Party became The National Party.

1979 - The right to six weeks of unpaid maternity leave was granted to Australia's working women by the Arbitration Commission.

1980 - The Lambda Radio CB Group held a Forum with speakers from community and business and the Anti-Discrimination Board at the Acceptance Centre 46 Oxford Street.

1982 - Enactment of Australia’s first Freedom of Information Act.

1982 - The Gay Rights Lobby (GRL) and the HLRC held a public meeting and reported on the results of lobbying against the Unsworth bill.

1984 - The title deeds for the Cummeragunja Reserve land passed to the Yorta Yorta people through the newly created Yorta Yorta Land Council. Today, many Aboriginal families reside on Cummeragunja.

1987 - The demon of homophobia was exorcised from Darlinghurst Police Station by the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence before it was closed and incorporated into St Vincents Hospital.

1995 - Oh look, even more apathy saw another railway line shut for good with the closure of the Maffra to Stratford Junction (Vic) track.

1996 - A public rally was organised by the Aboriginal History Committee (AHC) to protest against the planned demolition of the historically significant Cyprus-Hellene Club building, the site of the 1938 Day of Mourning protest.

1997 - Cyclone Justin I. Large cyclone but stayed offshore. Mackay wave station recorded peak wave measurements at 8.45 meters. Some wind damage around the Whitsunday Group.

2000 - Telstra Dome was open for boring the pants off tourists business in the even bigger eyesore Docklands area, in some bizarre alternate reality Melbourne.

2001 - Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, an exhibition that covers 100 years of Lesbian, gay and transgender history in NSW opened in the Fountain Court of the NSW Parliament House.

2006 - Harry Seidler, the Austrian-born but beloved Aussie architect, passed into the great scale of beyond.

2006 - The Balranald Railway Line (NSW) was kicked off the Chrissy card list when it was closed from Caldwell to Moulamein.

2013 -  Lodge Kirrawee commissioned an oil painting of Bungaree, to represent the Indigenous person on their crest,  which was unveiled on this day with an Aboriginal smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison and a welcome to country by Mr Bursill.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March 8 On This Day in Australian History

1801 - Lt James Grant, having slapped together a simple renovator's delight cottage, sowed the first seeds of corn, wheat and a small flower garden on what he dubbed Churchill Island, Victoria.

1802 - Lt John Murray, having some free time and empty space in his back shed, took formal possession of the Port Phillip area.

1804 - Charles Hill , a freeman who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Parramatta.

1804 - Samuel Hughs ,Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Parramatta.

1804 - Samuel Hume , Convict, a principal and informant who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Executed at Parramatta, then hung in chains (gibbeting)

1804 - John Place, Convict who participated in the Castle Hill Rebellion. Hanged at Parramatta

1827 - Whilst Cap. James Stirling and 18 others were poking about on the Swan River, having a good stickybeak near current-day Claisebrook they stumbled over 3 armed Noongar blokes...  “they seemed angry at the invasion of their territory, and by their violent gestures gave him reason to rejoice at the space of water, which divided them from the boat."

1828 - Aussie Post, which wasn't Aussie Post at the time, released the first Aussie stamps.

1830 - Mark Byfield was Hanged at Sydney for the theft of a silver watch.

1832 - Thomas Wood (alias Carberry) was Hanged for highway robbery outside Parramatta.

1837 - Governor Bourke liked Hoddle's doodles on the back of the envelope and approved the plans for the village he named Melbourne.

1840 - A mere 6.5 kms from Coleraine in Victoria, on Konongwootong Station at a spot titled The Hummocks but renamed The Fighting Hills a massacre of between 40 to 80 Konongwootong gundidj men, women and children took place by three Whyte brothers and three employees in retaliation for Aboriginal women making off with some sheep.
Despite the relevant authorities being informed of the massacre no action was taken.

1875 - There was a Royal Commission appointed to consider lighting and ventilation of the Victorian Legislative Assembly chamber, possibly due to the ginormous amount of hot air being percolated within.

1894 - The Melbourne CBD was all sparkly and glittery when it was lit up with electricity for the first time from the Melbourne City Council generators.
Oi, Mayor Doyle, there's another idea you can toss around at the next meeting.

1895 - Another amazing episode in *drumroll* "When Victorian Railway Networks Were Extended" *cue dramatic music*
An extra 77 kms of track was rolled out between Wycheproof and Sea Lake.

1905 - Const 1/C William Justin, NSW Police, died in a horse riding accident whilst on patrol.

1921 - Well, bugger the orchids up the garden wall and over the other side, yet another railway line was extended when Manangatang to Annuello line grewed an extra 24 kms.

1925 – Melbourne's first commercial ratio station, 3UZ, began broadcasting.

1965 - QANTAS flapped its arms really hard and made the first non-pit-stop commercial flight from USA to Oz.

1966 - The Oz Govt announced it would triple the number of troops in Vietnam.

1973 – The Whiskey Au Go Go fire occurred in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley, 15 of the club's patrons were killed.

1975 - Crickey, watch out - us sheilas are rioting in the kitchens again.
 Today saw the first edition of ABC Radio's The Coming Out Ready Or Not Show. Later shortened to The Coming Out Show, it was the first radio program to concentrate exclusively on women's issues and feminist politics.

1976 - Darwin Motor Vehicle Registry commenced business in a new building on Goyder Road.

1983 - This day was the official end of the blockade of the proposed Franklin Dam construction site which had drawn huge media attention around the world; involving much debate in both Tassie and Federal Parliaments the dam was never going to fly with the huge volume of destruction of natural wilderness it entailed.
The damming of Tasmania's Lake Pedder had shown us how natural beauty would be lost forever.

1985 - Darwin peeps were really riled up at the barbaric suggestion that all gays should be exterminated in the wake of the HIV/AIDS scare.

1989 - An exhibition of artworks by the late Michael Horne were held at the Oaklands Gallery, 55 Ross Street, Glebe.

1989 - John Howard was kicked to the kerb as leader of the Liberal Party.

1989 - A meeting at the Heffron Hall, Darlinghurst expressed a need for a gay and lesbian community centre and for SGLMG to investigate how it will be set up and operated.

1989 - Panels from Victoria were added to the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt and a ceremony was held in front of the new Parliament House. The Quilt is now 100 square metres.

1990 - Sergeant Rodney Desmond Evans, NT Police, died whilst on duty.

1998 - The Abattoirs Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

2007 - At least two people were killed when a cyclone slammed into Australia's northwest coast, paralyzing mining operations and leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

2014 - Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 fell off radar screens less than an hour after it took off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing. Vietnamese air force planes spotted two large oil slicks close to where the Boeing 777 went missing early today. The aircraft carried 239 people. Foreign ministry officials in Rome and Vienna confirmed that names of two nationals listed on the manifest matched passports reported stolen in Thailand. The flight was carrying 154 people from China and Taiwan, 38 Malaysians, seven Indonesians and six Australians among the 227 passengers.

2017 - The Aboriginal Heritage Project, led by the University of Adelaide’s Australian Centre for Ancient DNA published their findings in the journal Nature on this day indicated that cultural connection to country has existed for as many as 50,000 years. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 7 On This Day in Australian History

1791 - Mrs. Elizabeth Macarthur wrote in a letter to gal pal Bridget Kingdon,
"Mrs. Coleby, whose name is Daringa, brought in a new born female infant of hers, for me to see … it was wrapp’d up in the soft bark of a Tree, a Specimen of which I have preserved, it is a kind of Mantle not much known in England, I fancy. I order’d something for the poor Woman to Eat, and had her taken proper care of for some little while, when she first presented herself to me she appear'd feeble and faint, she has since been regular in her visits. The Child thrives remarkably well and I discover a softness and gentleness of Manners in Daringa truly interesting."
Coleby or Colebee was a leading Aboriginal of Sydney and was captured along with Bennelong by Cap. Phillips although Colebee later escaped, while Elizabeth Macarthur was the real power behind the throne of the infamous Merino sheep.

1817 - The Bible Society of NSW was formed in Sydney.

1826 - Duncan McCallum was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - Peter Roberts was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - William Patient was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1826 - William Morrison was Hanged at Sydney for robbery at South Creek.

1831 - Control of the King Georges Sound settlement was transferred from NSW to WA.

1832 - The first issue of the Government Gazette was published in Sydney as part of the Sydney Gazette.

1833 - John Bowen was Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear at Inverary.

1836 - Doodling in the back of an envelope with his pencils Robert Hoddle laid out the streets of Melbourne 1.5 chains wide (30 mts) with each block of land 10 chains wide.

1837 - George Capsey was Hanged at Sydney for the robbery and assault of Henry Jarvis near Berrima.

1857 - The Seabelle was a ship that left Rockhampton on this day only to be wrecked off Fraser Island the next day; rumours ran rife in the following years that a white woman and 2 white girls were seen living with the Fraser Island Aboriginal people so the NSW authorities had a word to a ships captain to have a look-see ...
The captain brought back two young girls who were placed in an institution, never to be returned to their parents as he'd promised, and both died at an early age.

1860 - Lieutenant Carr and his troopers of the Native Police shot dead 15 Aboriginals at Bendemere just north of Yuleba. Carr had tracked down and surrounded their camp containing around 100 people because the local squatter, William Sim, complained that they were "annoying the shepherds and demanding rations." Upon seeing the troopers they threw their nulla-nullas at them, to which Carr responded with sustained gunfire for over an hour.

1870 - Gee Lee was Hanged at Toowoomba Gaol for the murder of Louis Vernon at Caroline sheep station on the Burenda run, in the Warrego district.

1870 - Jacky Whitton was Hanged at Toowoomba Gaol for the rape of Henrietta Reiss at Bodumba station near Warwick.

1881 - A Victorian Royal Commission looking into this problem of the Kelly Gang outbreak and the state of the police force began asking questions and probably didn't like the answers they were given.

1882 - The north west of Western Australia was hit by a major cyclone which caused damage to the towns of Cossack and Roebourne.

1883 - NSW Premier Henry Parkes threatened to limit Irish migration to NSW if Irish people did not stop transplanting their old world animosities to the new.

1891 - The Toronto Branch Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1894 - A Victorian Royal Commission looking into the water supply problem was established...obviously we're still waiting to hear the results!

1894 - South Australia won the 2nd Sheffield Shield cricket competition.

1896 - Victoria passed legislation that opens the way for Federation.

1896 -Japan opened its first consulate in Australia, in Townsville, Qld.

1907 - A fire at the Elwood tram depot destroyed the entire Victoria Railways tram fleet of 17 cars.

1911 - Alexander Smart was for the murder of Ethel May Harris at 5 Cowle Street, West Perth.

1921 - The Commonwealth Department of Health was formed. It took over the quarantine service of the Department of Trade and Customs, the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine and the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories. It also became responsible for national health functions such as the treatment of infectious diseases in returned soldiers.

1936 - A short-lived experiment involved the exclusive use of six Tait carriages on a special train running from Flinders Street to Port Melbourne, to meet passengers off international ships. Called The Boat Train, the first run departed Flinders Street station at 9:10am for Station Pier, to meet the Italian liner Esquilino. The return trip departed station pier at 10:15am.

1954 - The Sydney Morning Herald reported about a new souvenir craze that saw people plopping pennies onto the railway tracks ahead of the Royal Train of Queen Elizabeth II during her Royal Tour Down Under in order to flatten the coins to create a very unique momento.

1958 - BHP and the South Australian Government agreed on the establishment of a steel plant and rolling mills at Whyalla, SA.

1959 - Chickybabes were doin' it for themselves when Jessie Cooper and Joyce Steele were the first gals elected to the South Oz Parliament.

1961 - Const. Kenneth Flatt, WA Police, died whilst on duty.

1965 - The Qantas Boeing 707 passenger jet 'City of Townsville' completed the first continuous flight across the Pacific. It roughly followed the course taken 37 years earlier by Charles Kingsford Smith in Southern Cross.
The 'City of Townsville' was later purchased by actor John Travolta.

1966 - The Arbitration Court, at long last, finally awarded equal pay to NT Aboriginal Pastoral workers BUT it was to be phased in over a three year period and came with the exemptions  that Aboriginal employees could be classed as "slow workers".

1966  - The first academic year at Flinders University, South Oz,  began with the enrolments of 382 first year under graduates and 35 graduate students.

1973 - The headquarters of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation in Melbourne were raided by police led by the Attorney-General, Lionel Murphy.

1975 - The Australian Film Commission was established.

1976 - Forbes House, in Makerston Street, Brisbane was purchased and converted into Queensland Police Headquarters and officially opened on this day/

1977 - QEII and Prince Phil started touring all over Or-stray-lia, but without the caravan and boat, to celebrate Liz's Silver Jubilee year.

1979 - The The Peak Branch Railway Line (NSW) was closed.

1989 - Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart opened for a season directed by Wayne Harrison and starring John O’May and Graham Harvey.

1994 - Over 1/2 million people took part in the 5th Clean Up Australia Day.

1997 - In Australia it was disclosed that the reputed Aboriginal painter Eddie Burrup was actually 82-year-old Elizabeth Durack.

1998 - Entry to the work of lesbian photographer depicting a group of queer women performers, was restricted by the Stills Gallery.

2000 - The Aussie Federation Guard was pupped at Parliament House in Canberra today.

2008 - Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a protest ship harassing Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, said he was shot in a high-seas clash and his crew members pelted with flash grenades, injuring one. Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith and Japanese officials insisted only warning devices were fired.

2009 - Nations United was the theme for the Mardi Gras.

2010 - A severe storm that began its rumblings on March 6th and continued on its merry way on this day saw thunderbolts and lightning (very, very frightening) with large hail stones, flash flooding and a slightly dampish start to Autumn all over Melbourne.
Who could forget the hail that broke the roof of So Cross station and piled up like snow drifts on the platforms, the flooded city line of Hawksburn Station et el, or the streets of Melbourne becoming the new Olympic swimming training facility?!

2015 - That years Mardi Gras in Sydney saw the theme of Passion adopted.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

March 6 On This Day in Australian History

1784 - Poor old John Hamilton Irving thought his life had come to an end as he was convicted of larceny (and him a surgeon, no less!) and sentenced to 7 years over the briny blue sea but later became Australia's very first emancipist.

1788 - Captain Phillip sent Lt Philip Gidley King off on a 3 hour cruise to settle Norfolk Island as a resort to begin the flax and timber industry which failed so badly that Gidley King began his career as a pole dancer on one of those Norfolk Island pines much to the disgust of the locals.

1812 - Methodism was birthed in the Fair Land of Oz on this day when 3 men attended a meeting; a schoolteacher, a soldier and a convict (walked into a bar....).

1818 - Charles Throsby, James Meehan, Hamilton Hume et al. set out from Camden to find an overland route to Jervis Bay.

1819 - William Gore was imprisoned for debt and suspended as Provost-Marshal with John Thomas Campbell appointed in his place.

1826 - John Burke was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of John Cogan at Mulgoa.

1826 - William Corbett was Hanged at Sydney for highway robbery on the Great Western Road.

1836 - HMS Beagle and Charlie Darwin reached King George's Sound, Australia.

1837 - Hobart had its first legit theatre the Theatre Royal , as opposed to the puppet shows in the lean-to out the back of Aunty Maggie's wash house, in Campbell St.

1840 - Alexander Maconochie became superintendent at Norfolk Island.

1879 - A rabbit plague, previously confined to Victoria, spread into New South Wales. Rabbits were first released 20 years earlier near Geelong on the property of god-damn-you-Thomas Austin.

1883 - A public meeting, where spleens were vented with great gusto, took place in the Protestant Hall in Sydney to rant protest at the Irish National League Reps in Oz.

1891 - Members of a Royal Commission, who were in that neck of the woods to eyeball the environs for a railway, were caught in the deluge at Hawker which flooded Birdsville, Innaminka and Clayton.

1894 - The railway line from Beulah to Hopetoun (Vic) opened. The railway construction was started as a private line by E.H.Lascelles to service his growing (planned) town of Hopetoun but due to the economic depression of that decade it was taken over and completed by the Government-owned Victoria Railways.

1899 - The Wanganui Herald announced that, instead of remaining as 5 pettifogging provinces Australia had finally pulled their digit out and decided to Federate!
Yet the pettifogging remains to this day...

1912 - A general strike in Brisbane, which had lasted five weeks, ended today.

1919 - The sad, miserable remains of an Aussie soldier's water bottle was found on this day at Lone Pine by the Australian Historical Mission.

1919 - The War Service Homes Act of 1918 became operative.

1922 - The Yanco - Griffith Railway Line (NSW) was opened.

1931 - Holden Motor Bodies Ltd merged with General Motors Aust. Ltd.

1944 - The advanced party of No. 19 Replenishing Centre moved from sub depot No. 4 Clarence to its new location at Talmoi and by 13 March 1944 the unit had occupied the new site.

1963 - Moe went from doing the Ugg boot shuffle to becoming a City.

1963 - The first Lifeline Centre commenced operation from its premises in Sydney at 5pm.

1965 - Labor won power in South Australian for the first time in 32 years. Labour leader Frank Walsh became Premier, replacing Liberal leader Sir Thomas Playford, Australia's longest-serving premier, who had held office for 26 years, 4 months.

1966 - Holt announced that the Australian commitment in South Vietnam would be Increased to a 4350-man task force, and would include conscripts.
The 1st Australian Task Force (1ATF)  included two infantry battalions, a Special Air Service squadron, combat and support logistic units and eight RAAF Iroquois helicopters (9 SQN).
The Task Force would be supported by 1 Australian Logistic Support Group (1 ALSG) to be established at Vung Tau. For the first time, national servicemen would be sent to South Vietnam.

1970 - Marine scientists warned that the Great Barrier Reef was being severely damaged by a massive explosion in the population of the coral-eating Crown Of Thorns starfish....but don't worry the dredging spoil will take care of those slippery lil suckers.

1975 - A UFO was eyeballed at 4.30am at Lake Sorrel in Tassie with another sighted later that night on the same day in Sydney.

1985 - Sydney Gay Mardi Gras Festival: "Art Exhibition" opened at The Print Source Gallery, Darlinghurst.

1986 - Prime Minister Bob Hawke announced his Government would not proceed with legislation for national land rights.

1987 - At a not defined date in March the rural newspaper The Land refused to accept an advertisement for Country Network, a gay support group saying that it was “not in keeping with The Land General Conditions”.
Yeah, cos those home-Oh!-sex-you-alls are not allowed beyond the city limits into the country.

1993 - International Women's Day saw "Women's Rights Are On The Line." with a  march from the
Parliament Steps, followed by a  Festival at Lincoln Institute, and a dance that evening at the North Melbourne Town Hall.
3CR celebrated Labour Day Weekend and International Women's Day with a 3-day live broadcast from the Brunswick Pool.

1994 - A petition signed by 90 Federal MPs in an effort to re-schedule the ABC telecast of the SGLMG parade was an epic fail, and the telecast went ahead capturing 45% of the Sydney TV audience.

2001 - The latest issue of the GLBTQ weekly, G, was shrouded in controversy as the editor and staff ceased working and there was a rumoured break between the publisher and the investor.

2003 - The Kinchela Boys Home State Dinner was held at NSW Parliament House.

2004 - The theme for Mardi Gras that year was Metamorphosis.
Monica Hingston, the lesbian cousin of Catholic Archbishop George Pell and partner Peg Moran were the  Chiefs of Parade.
130 floats are cheered on by 250,000 spectators in persistent rain at that year’s Mardi Gras parade. 17,000 attended the post parade party.

2004 - Prime Minister John Howard in a talk-back radio interview spoke out against adoption rights for same sex couples.

2006 - PM John Howard in New Delhi said Australia will consider selling uranium to India if it is convinced about New Delhi's commitment to follow global nuclear safeguards for its civilian atomic reactors.

2009 - Melbourne was shaken by a 4.7 earthquake on this day in 2009.
With a little notice we could have had the vodka in the glass.

2013 - The Council of the Australian War Memorial agreed to include all the names of ADF personnel killed in non-warlike service since 1947 (including peacekeeping operations) in the Roll of Honour. These people had previously only been included in the Remembrance Book.

2016 - The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was held on this date with the theme of Momentum.

2017 - Cyclone Blanche crossed the northern coast of Western Australia as a category two storm.

Monday, March 5, 2018

March 5 On This Day in Australian History

1803 - Australia's first fish and chip wrapper newspaper, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, was born, published by George Howe.

1804 - Castle hill, Parramatta and surrounding areas were declared a bogan paradise under martial law as The Battle of Vinegar Hill was fought between rebelling Irish convicts and NSW Corps.

1804 - Phillip Cunningham, the convict leader of the Castle Hill Rebellion. Summarily hanged on the steps of the government storehouse at Greenhills (today's Windsor).

1823 - Drovers rejoiced at the news a droving road between Richmond and Newcastle was open for business.

1824 - The heavy hand of the law arrived in the form of the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Forbes.

1829 - The last survivor and mutineer of the Bounty mutiny, John Adams, died aged 62.

1832 - Patrick McGuire was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of fellow convict Matthew Gallagher at Moreton Bay.

1854 - The St Vincent de Paul Society was born.

1865 - At Wascoe's Inn in the Blue Mountains on his way to Sydney to seek redress for his dismissal from the NSW Police Force, Police Inspector Sir Frederick William Pottinger accidentally shot himself in the upper abdomen while boarding a moving coach, an injury from which he died the following month.

1868 - Six nurses trained by She Who Must Be Obeyed Flo Nightingale, including Lucy Osburn, set foot on Aussie soil, with Lucy Osburn credited with later founding Aussie nursing.

1875 - Victorian Premier Harry Lawson was pupped at Dunolly.

1883 - Palmerston Town Hall opened on Smith Street, Darwin.
Destroyed by Cyclone Tracy, now only the remains at both ends are visible.

1887 - During the Burketown cyclone, Sergeant John Ferguson’s wife kept a lamp burning in the window of the courthouse and her beacon drew many people to the refuge during the storm.

1922 - Train services from Flinders St to Oakleigh (Vic) were electrifying.

1922 - Train services were electrified from Caulfield to Glenhuntly (Vic).

1928 - The railway line from Fawkner to Somerton (Vic) reopened.

1954 - Today marks the date Percy Buttons, a street performer from Perth, popped his clogs. Percy was an acrobat who lived on the streets and earned a pound or 3 by entertaining the passing crowd with his tumbling skills.

1958 - Some 200,000 people attended a music festival in Elder Park (South Oz). The festival was staged to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. The Queen arrived at the Park on a flower decorated barge. The official party viewed the proceedings from the Rotunda. The sound stage was filled with 1500 choristers, representing 144 choirs; there were 500 orchestral musicians and four pipe bands. As part of the evening's entertainment a pageant of decorated boats passed down the lake, amongst them a swan chariot, golden carriage, river steamer, gondolas and a royal crown.

1958 - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital at Woodville (South Oz) was officially opened by the Queen Mother who unveiled a portrait of Queen Elizabeth in the foyer.

1970 - A small group from the Humanist Society and the Council of Civil Liberties attempted to form a Homosexual Law Reform Committee.

1972 - The last Australian logistic units left Vung Tau and Australia’s commitment in South Vietnam returned to a training role with the 150-man Australian Assistance Group, Vietnam (AAAGV) and the AATTV.

1975 - TV host Graham Kennedy performed his infamous "crow call" during a live advertising segment on his night-time variety show (Faaaaaaaaaaark). The incident resulted in a flood of complaints and outraged newspaper headlines. After the complaints were investigated by the Broadcasting Control Board, Kennedy was banned from appearing live on TV for an indefinite period. He quit the Nine Network soon after over the network's censorship of criticisms he made of Media Minister Doug McClelland's lack of support for stronger Australian content regulations.

1983 – The ALP, with Bob Hawke as leader won with one of the biggest parliamentary majorities in Australian political history.

1986 - The NSW Anti-Discrimination Board’s conciliation officer, Greg Tillett was elected ACON President, replacing foundation president, Lex Watson.

1987 -  The inaugural Police and Neighbourhood Watch Liaison Committee meeting  took place at William Street Headquarters, co­chaired by Chief Commissioner S.I. Miller and NHW State Committee Chairman Tom Newman .

1989 - The Australian AIDS Memorial quilt was hung as a backdrop for the AIDS Trust Stars of the Australian Opera benefit.

1990 - The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission began work. It was the result of a merger between the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and the Aboriginal Development Commission.

1994 - Sydney's Mardi Gras was frothy and frilly to the theme We Are Family.
 Among the events were ‘Pride and Prejudice’, the first gay and lesbian exhibition held at the Australian Museum; and ‘Looking Good’, the first Aboriginal gay and lesbian visual arts exhibition, held at Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Co-op.

1995 - An Australian yacht broke in two and sank in heavy wind and fierce winds off the Southern California coast, the first sinking in the history of America's Cup racing; all 17 crew members were rescued.

1995 - The ABC telecast the coverage of the SGLMG parade on Sunday. It included personalities, Julian Clary, Elle McFeast and Julie McCrossin.

 2004 - Hybrid Cyclone caused waves to 14.2metres that were recorded off Stradbroke Island. Severe flooding from Sunshine Coast through Brisbane to Gold Coast.

2005 - Prince Charlie began a tour of The Shaky Isles with the most *shocking* incident to happen was when 2 brazen hussies were uneconomical with themselves and  bared their boobs at him in protest after a mis-reported objection by the Prince to a topless Aborigine dance across The Ditch in Oz.

2005 - No nekkid ladies or lads at the Sydney Mardi Gras even if the theme was Our Freedom, Your Freedom.

2008 - Australia cancelled a one billion dollar (930 million US) contract for US-made Seasprite helicopters following a review of the troubled project.

2011 -  Hundreds of thousands of revelers crammed inner Sydney streets for one of the world's premier gay and lesbian parades, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which was themed Say Something.

2012 - New South Wales officials said Muslim women will have to remove veils to have their signatures officially witnessed under the latest laws giving state officials authority to look under religious and other face coverings.

2012 - Today was the earliest date couples could legally recognise their partnership in Queensland, as the Civil Partnerships Act 2011 came into effect the previous month.

2016 - Sergeant Geoffrey Richardson, NSW Police, died whilst on duty.