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Post by GT93 » January 5, 2022, 6:37 am

A dark cloud is descending on Melbourne:

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Post by Barney » January 5, 2022, 9:18 am

ON THIS DAY – 5th January

1819 – English judge John Thomas Bigge was dispatched to inquire into Macquarie's administration in the New South Wales.

1827 – First boat regatta held on the River Derwent. On 30 April a regatta was held in Sydney.

1833 – The Perth Gazette and the West Australian Journal were first published by Charles Macfaull.

1891 – The 1891 Australian shearers' strike began, which led to the formation of the Australian Labor Party.

1941 – British Australian troops conquered Bardia, Libya (WWII).

1966 – Construction of Waverley Park in Melbourne began.

1971 – First one-day Cricket international, Australia v England at the MCG.

1974 – Four people, including three flood victims trying to get home to Darwin, died when the light plane they were in crashed near Barkly Down homestead, 60 miles north-west of Mount Isa, Queensland.

1974 – Prime Minister Mr Whitlam presented the inaugural E.G. Whitlam Shield to the Australian racing team for its victory over a visiting US team at Liverpool Speedway.

1975 – Tasman Bridge disaster: The Tasman Bridge in Hobart was struck by the ore carrier MV Lake Illawarra. The bridge partially collapsed onto the vessel, which sank. Seven crew and five motorists were killed.

1975 – The first One-day International cricket match was played at the MCG, between Australia and England.

1976 – Elizabeth Evatt was sworn in as first Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia.

1977 – Australia's only aircraft suicide attack carried out by a disgruntled former employee of Connellan Airways took place. The Connellan air disaster claimed the lives of 6 people including the pilot.

1978 – Corrective Services Commissioner, W. McGeechan, talked 120 maximum security prisoners back into their cells after a 5-hour protest sit-in at Parramatta jail. The sit-in followed the riot by about 150 prisoners at Long Bay Jail on Christmas Day and an attack on a warder at Parramatta Jail on New Year's Day. The Parramatta protest centred on three complaints: the removal of TV leads in prison cells, lack of fresh fruit, and a demand for award wages.

1982 – A Cessna 411A aircraft crashed into a building at Archerfield Airport. The pilot and four people within the building were killed.

1984 – Greg Chappell scores 182* for Australia in his last Test innings.

1986 – Actress Lauren Bacall arrived in Sydney to star in the play Sweet Bird of Youth.

1986 – SBS ceases VHF transmissions on Channel 0 in Sydney & Melbourne.

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Thomas John Bigge Commissioner - N.S.W., 1819-1821. (John Oxley Library, SLQ) – Bottom Left
Hughenden Strike Camp, Queensland, 1891. (John Oxley Library, SLQ) – Top
Swaying in the wind, GTS Holden Monaro and an EK Holden station sedan in the Tasman Bridge Disaster. (Hobart Observer) – Bottom Right
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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Bandung_Dero » January 5, 2022, 9:41 am

Thanks @Barney, I find these snippets quite interesting.
Did a bit of research:-
1971 - Was not an official cricket event rather than a quickly orchestrated fill in for a washed out test match.
1975 - Yes, that was the 1st scheduled ODI.
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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Barney » January 5, 2022, 9:21 pm

Bandung_Dero wrote:Thanks @Barney, I find these snippets quite interesting.
Did a bit of research:-
1971 - Was not an official cricket event rather than a quickly orchestrated fill in for a washed out test match.
1975 - Yes, that was the 1st scheduled ODI.
Thanks mr dero
I noticed that as well and followed up your own research.
Absolutely correct.
I quite often myself check individual snippets to further my limited Aussie history. Helps keep the cogs inside my head lubricated.


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Post by Barney » January 6, 2022, 8:03 am

Not a bad knock for “The Don” in 1930

ON THIS DAY – 6th January

1856 – French musician and composer Nicolas-Charles Bochsa died in Sydney.

1912 – First aircraft crash in Australia, between Mount Druitt and Rooty Hill.

1930 – Don Bradman scored a record 452 not out in one cricket innings.

1932 – Joseph Aloysius Lyons, Australia's tenth Prime Minister was sworn in.

1939 – Swimming champion Murray Rose was born in Nairn, Scotland.

2004 – Australian captain Steve Waugh retired from Test cricket, playing his last match against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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William Ewart Hart, First Australian Aviator, Born Parramatta, NSW, April 20, 1885. (Remembering the Past Australia) – Top
Portrait of Joseph and Enid Lyons [193?] / Howard Harris. (National Library of Australia) – Bottom
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ON THIS DAY – 7th January

1799 – Bass and Flinders complete their first circumnavigation of Van Diemen's Land in the sloop Norfolk.

1867 – Riots at the Crocodile Creek goldfield destroyed the property of Chinese miners.

1897 – Darwin had its highest ever daily rainfall with 296.1 millimetres from its most severe cyclone until Tracy.

1920 – Edmund Barton, the first Prime Minister of Australia, died aged 70.

1931 – Guy Menzies flew the first solo non-stop trans-Tasman flight (from Australia to New Zealand) in 11 hours and 45 minutes, crash-landing on New Zealand's west coast.

1965 – Australia's first hydrofoil ferry began service to Manly, in Sydney.

1970 – The U.S. seismic survey vessel Polaris caught fire at Port Adelaide, causing $750,000 worth of damage.

1991 – Flooding in Rockhampton was the worst in 36 years.

1991 – Australia sent troops to assist the United Nations with the Gulf War.

2000 – Latvian solider and alleged Nazi war criminal Konrad Kalejs returned to Australia, arriving at Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne, and met by a barrage of protesters.

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George Bass [top] and Matthew Flinders [bottom](Australian History) – Top
On 7 January 1931 Australian aviator Guy Menzies, crash landed in the La Fontaine Swamp, near Hari Hari on the West Coast. (Wiki) – Bottom
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Camel sales at Day Dawn, W.A. - early 1900s. Government official testing and buying camels at Day Dawn for rabbit fencing contracts. (Aussie Mobs)
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ON THIS DAY – 8th January

1810 – The Derwent Star and Van Diemen's Land Intelligencer, Australia's second newspaper and the first in Van Diemen's Land, began publication.

1818 – Governor Macquarie accused Samuel Marsden of conspiracy against him.

1853 – Victoria Police formally established by Act of Parliament.

1869 – Bushfires across Victoria claim the lives of 23 people including 17 who died when a grass fire overran a group of cars on the Princes Highway at Lara, near Geelong in Victoria. About 280 fires in total burned 250,000 hectares, destroyed 230 homes and dozens of other buildings, killing 12,000 head of stock.

1878 – The telephone is used for the first time in Australia in Melbourne.

1878 – (8 & 9 January) "Black Wednesday", 300 senior public servants were sacked in Victoria by the government of Graham Berry as revenge against the Legislative Council, on the grounds that as the appropriation bill had not been passed in the council, they could not be paid.

1878 – Death of art collector and philanthropist Alfred Felton and the establishment of the Felton Bequest for the National Gallery of Victoria.

1918 – Billy Hughes resigned as Prime Minister of Australia as promised following the defeat of the 1917 plebiscite on conscription. He is immediately sworn in again by the Governor-General as there are no alternative candidates.

1931 – The largest Australian gold nugget of the twentieth century was found in Kalgoorlie.

1970 – The Army Minister Andrew Peacock denied the statement made the previous day by senior Labor figure Jim Cairns that Australian officers in Vietnam had suggested to troops that they would be home by June.

1998 – The VIII FINA World Championships were held in Perth. Ian Thorpe won his first gold medal at a major meet in the 400m freestyle. Human growth hormone were found in a Chinese swimmer's bag at Sydney Airport, resulting in her deportation.

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Frontispiece of "Life and Work of Samuel Marsden" by John Buxton Marsden, ed. James Drummond 1913 – Top Left
Jim Larcombe and his father, Jim Larcombe snr. [Down to their last provisions, money and hope, unearthed a long flat nugget. Other prospectors working in the area heard their shouts and it is said they thought the Larcombes were carrying a dead eagle. Certainly, the resemblance is undeniable – hence the name, Golden Eagle.] (Perth Mint) – Bottom
Rewind: 1998 World Swimmers of the Year – Ian Thorpe (Swimming World Magazine) – Top Right
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1869 – Bushfires across Victoria claim the lives of 23 people including 17 who died when a grass fire overran a group of cars on the Princes Highway at Lara, near Geelong in Victoria. About 280 fires in total burned 250,000 hectares, destroyed 230 homes and dozens of other buildings, killing 12,000 head of stock.
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ON THIS DAY – 9th January

1816 – Explorer James Kelly landed at Port Dalrymple, Tasmania, where he was mistakenly arrested as a bushranger.

1869 – The British clipper ship Thermopylae arrived in Melbourne, having sailed from London in the record time of 64 days.

1940 – The Australian Comforts Fund was re-established.

1997 – HMAS Adelaide rescued British yachtsman, Tony Bullimore, from the Southern Ocean, after his boat, Exide Challenger, capsized three days before.

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'Thermopylae' was sold to Mr Redford of Mount Royal Milling & Manufacturing Co. of Victoria, British Columbia for the sum of £5,000 where after a refit and changes to her rigging (reduced to barque rig) she traded the northern Pacific. 1890 (The Doric Files) – Top
The Australian Comforts Fund (ACF), based on its First World War predecessor, raised money for comforts parcels for Australian service personnel in the field, clothing and the provision of meals and accommodation for men on leave. (Australian War Memorial) – Bottom
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ON THIS DAY – 10th January

1697 – Willem de Vlamingh made the first documented European sighting of the land region which became the city of Perth.

1852 – South Australia's first lighthouse began operation.

1853 – The Adelaide Philosophical Society was founded, predecessor of the Royal Society of South Australia.

1868 – The last convict ship to Western Australia, the Hougoumont, arrived in Western Australia. This brought the end of penal transportation to Australia.

1928 – Lieutenant John Moncrieff and Captain George Hood took off on their disastrous flight across the Tasman to Wellington. Eyewitness reports suggested the plane made it on land but crashed shortly before reaching the destination. Others said they saw the plane crash in the Marlborough Sounds area. Wreckage from the crash had never been found.

1931 – The Beef Riot took place in Adelaide. Seventeen people were injured when unemployed men clash with police while protesting the decision to remove beef from the dole ration.

1965 – Evonne Goolagong won the NSW junior hard-court title.

1968 – John Gorton was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia after the disappearance of Harold Holt.

1977 – The Easey Street murders take place, an unsolved crime in which two women were brutally stabbed to death in their home in the inner-Melbourne suburb of Collingwood.

1989 – Assistant Australian Federal Police commissioner Colin Winchester was shot dead in the driveway of his Canberra home by a sniper, later identified as David Harold Eastman.

2000 – CASA issued an Airworthiness Directive which grounded all aircraft after being advised the day before that more contaminants had been found in fuel produced at Mobil's Altona refinery in Melbourne.

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Cape Willoughby (Sturt Light) Lighthouse, Kangaroo Island c. 1904 (SLSA) – Bottom Right
The Hougoumont in 1868. (Crimean War Veterans in Western Australia) – Top
Hoad & Moncrieff leave in their Ryan monoplane. (State Library of NSW) – Bottom Left
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ON THIS DAY – 11th January

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

1875 – William Robinson arrived in Western Australia to become Governor of the colony.

1965 – The bodies of two 15-year-old girls, Christine Sharrock and Marianne Schmidt, were found at Wanda Beach in southern Sydney. Despite the offer of an unprecedented £10,000 reward, the murders have never been solved.

1986 – The Gateway Bridge opened in Brisbane.

2000 – Australian troops return home from East Timor.

2000 – NRL announced strict penalties for clubs found guilty of breaching salary caps.

2005 – Nine people were killed in bushfires in South Australia.

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Peter Egerton Warburton. (Wikimedia Commons) – Top
Sir William C. F. Robinson c.1880 George & Walton [Photographer] (State Library of South Australia) – Bottom
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ON THIS DAY – 12th January

1836 – HMS Beagle with Charles Darwin reached Sydney, Australia

1837 – The crew of the Coromandel deserted while anchored in Holdfast Bay, South Australia.

1904 – Melbourne businessman Alfred Felton left a large bequest to the Art Gallery of Victoria.

1943 – WWII - Australian and American forces began an attack on Sanananda during the Battle of Buna–Gona.

1963 – Spin bowler Bobby Simpson took 5-57 for Australia v England.

1991 – Six people drowned in floods in Queensland.

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

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Portrait of Charles Darwin by George Richmond (Wiki) – Bottom Right
HMS Beagle in an 1841 watercolour by Captain Owen Stanley of Beagle's sister ship HMS Britomart (Wiki) – Top
Bob Simpson (cricketer) Batting at the SCG nets aged 16 (Wiki) – Bottom Left
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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by pepesgrill » January 12, 2022, 8:33 am

the last british convict ship arrived in 1868🙄

filthy brits, they're just like locusts. i guess
natures goodness& clean living enabled AUS
to prosper & fine men emerged. ( maybe not
scot morrison) and the country became great

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ON THIS DAY – 13th January

1851 – Charles Augustus FitzRoy was commissioned as "Governor-General of all Her Majesty's Australian possessions". This position was a forerunner of the Governor-General of Australia.

1875 – Frederick Weld became Governor of Tasmania.

1904 – The flag of South Australia was officially gazetted as the current design.

1939 – The Black Friday bush fires burn 20,000 square kilometres of land in Australia, claiming the lives of 71 people.

1939 – Melbourne records its hottest temperature of 45.6 degrees Celsius.

1970 – US Vice-President Spiro Agnew arrives in Canberra. 14 people were arrested during protests outside Parliament House over Mr. Agnew's visit.

1991 – A Victorian factory which supplied United States Armed Forces is destroyed by fire.

1995 – Poet, critic, publisher and bookseller Max Harris, founder of the literary journal Angry Penguins, died aged 73.

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

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Governor of New South Wales Sir Charles FitzRoy (1796-1858) by Henry Robinson Smith (1847-1865), ca. 1855 (Wiki) – Top Left
Frederick Weld (1823–1891), Premier of New Zealand, Governor of Western Australia, Governor of Tasmania, and Governor of the Straits Settlements (Wiki) – Top Right
The Glen Guest House at West Healesville was destroyed by the Black Friday fires (Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Victoria) – Bottom
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ON THIS DAY – 16th January

1793 – H.M.S. Bellona arrived with Australia's first free settlers.

1796 – Australia's first theatre opened in Sydney. Edward Young's The Revenge and the comedy The Hotel were the first works performed.

1889 – 128°F (53°C), Cloncurry, Queensland (Australian record).

1931 – Bradman scored 223 Australia v West Indies in 297 mins, including 26 fours.

1962 – Frank Hurley, the first official Australian Imperial Force photographer, died.

1965 – Passenger and car ferry 'Empress of Australia' began operating between Sydney and Hobart.

1991 – Widespread flooding isolated Normanton, Queensland.

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The sailing ships HMS Leopard, HMS Surprise, HMS Bellona, HMS Sophie (Courtesy: Korabley .net) – Top
Welcome to Cloncurry (Pinterest) – Middle
Empress of Australia, inbound towards harbour bridge 1971. Photographer Graham Andrews (City of Sydney Archives) – Bottom
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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Earnest » January 16, 2022, 7:07 pm

I say, Novak Djokovic deported from Australia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-60014059

Am I on the right thread? Probably not a ray of sunshine based upon your views, hey ho.
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ON THIS DAY – 17th January

1836 – Charles Darwin crossed the Nepean River on a 'ferry-boat- and ascended the road built by William Cox.

1863 – Explorer John McKinlay returned home to Gawler, South Australia after an unsuccessful two-year search for the missing Burke and Wills expedition.

1922 – The first Archibald Prize for portraiture was won by William McInnes.

1947 – William Dargie won the Archibald Prize with his portrait of Marcus Clarke.

1968 – The Seekers were named Australians of the Year for 1967.

1970 – Cyclone Ada hit Central Queensland, killing 14.

1972 – Aboriginal Tent Embassy was constructed in front of Parliament House (now old Parliament House).

1980 – Gippsland's GLV-10 becomes GLV-8. This is done so that Melbourne's ATV-0 can become ATV-10.

1980 – Debbie Wardley became Australia's first female commercial pilot to take to the skies when she co-pilots a Fokker Friendship on Ansett Flight 232 on the so-called "milk run" from Alice Springs to Darwin. The flight marks the end of a 15-month legal battle with Ansett Airlines to overcome gender-based discrimination which had prevented her from earlier taking the controls.

1988 – A Current Affair relaunched on Channel Nine, hosted by Jana Wendt.

1988 – The TV soap Home and Away was launched by Seven Network.

1990 – The National Australia Bank bought out Britain's Yorkshire Bank.

1991 – The Gulf War began with Prime Minister Bob Hawke giving battle orders to the Navy stationed in the Gulf after a telephone call from President Bush.

1991 – A siege took place in Brisbane after an off-duty policeman was taken hostage.

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Deborah Wardley (National Archives of Australia) – Middle Right
A Current Affair | Jana Wendt Final Sign Off [27.11.1992] (Youtube) - Left
Home and Away Early Years (Back to the Bay) - Top
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Re: A little ray of sunshine from Australia

Post by Earnest » January 18, 2022, 4:29 am

pepesgrill wrote:
January 12, 2022, 8:33 am
the last british convict ship arrived in 1868🙄

filthy brits, they're just like locusts.
Oh come on, you don't mean that, we've been pals for ages, haven't we? And I'm as English as Alf Garnett. :badteeth: I had a shower after my run tonight so I'm quite clean.

Interesting piece on the convict ship, though. When did the English stop transporting slaves? I visited the James Cook museum in Whitby back in September - fantastic place.
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