Construction Begins on the Sydney Harbour Bridge

On this day …….. 28th of July 1923 The Sydney Harbour Bridge connects the Sydney CBD with the North Shore commercial and residential areas on Sydney Harbour. It is the largest steel arch bridge in the world, though not the longest, with the top of the bridge standing 134 metres above the harbour. In 1912, […]

Explosive Tobacco

On this day …….. 28th of July 1921 On the 28th of July 1921 an employee at the railway station at Bundarra, New South Wales, placed a few loose bullets in his pocket after he had used his riffle. He kept tobacco in the same pocket and later put some into his pipe, unaware that […]

Murder of Sister Alleged

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1936   Charged with having murdered his twin sister, Adelaide Bek, on July 28, Charles Bek, farmer, of Kooroocheang, was remanded at the Ballarat City Court to day until August 28. It was alleged that Bek had an altercation with his sister, struck her several blows on the head […]

Nurse to Face Trial For Murder

ON THIS DAY – July 28, 1934 After having heard evidence at an inquest today into the death of a newly-born male child, whose body was found by a railway employee while cleaning out a carriage at the Joilmont yards on July 28. The coroner (Mr. Grant) committed Edith Clyne, aged 20, formerly a nurse […]

Coal miner to Prime Minister

Andrew Fisher the 5th Prime Minister of Australia left school at the age of 10, to work in the coal mines, before immigrating to Australia at the age of 13.

Royston Rennie

On This Day ……. 28th of July 1926 Royston Rennie, the young Geelong man who is awaiting death for having murdered John Greville, a bank clerk, made an unsuccessful application to the Court of Criminal Appeal on this day in 1926, for leave to appeal against his execution.  

‘Bold Jack’ John Donohoe – Bushranger

Another Irish convict-turned-bushranger was ‘Bold Jack’ John Donohoe. He arrived in Sydney from Dublin as an 18-year-old in January 1825 to serve a life sentence on a settler’s farm in Parramatta. Donohoe escaped with two other convicts and together they formed a gang known as ‘The Strippers’ – named after their technique for taking everything […]