The first aircraft for Qantas

On this day …….. 8th of August 1926 Qantas is Australia’s national airline service and the name was formerly an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Qantas was born out of a need to bring regular passenger services to remote communities. W Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, former Australian Flying Corps officers who […]

Navvy Man Named Denis M’Carthy

On This Day ……. 8th of August 1890 At the Colac Police Court on this day in 1890, a navvy man named Denis M’Carthy, was found guilty of a common assault on a lady named Eliza Murray. He was sentenced to three mouths’ imprisonment in the Geelong gaol.  

Australian Prime Minister Recipe – Arthur Fadden

Chestnut Soup Ingredients: ½lb chestnuts 1oz margarine Quart vegetable stock Teaspoon sugar Chopped onion Teaspoon lemon juice (equivalent in substitute) 1) Preheat oven to 200°C. If using fresh chestnuts, use a sharp knife to cut a cross into the flat side of the chestnuts. Transfer to a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes, […]

Death of a Stationmaster

ON THIS DAY …….8th August 1945 A 30-year-old murder charge was preferred against Thomas Croft, 39, mechanic, of Redcliffs, in the Criminal Court on this day in 1945. The Crown case was that on the 1st of October 1934, Herbert Norwood, Stationmaster, gasped over the telephone from Carnegie railway station that he was dying as […]

The first police force in New South Wales is formed

On this day …….. 8th of August 1789 Australia was settled by the convicts and officers of the First Fleet in January 1788. It was believed that the colony’s isolation from any civilisation would be deterrent enough for convicts attempting to escape. Many thought they could reach China by escaping into the bush; some returned, […]

Murder at the Southern Cross Restaurant

ON THIS DAY …….8th August 1857   Juliana MacLeod was arrested for the murder of William MacLeod, owner of the Southern Cross Restaurant in High street Beechworth, on the 8th of August 1857. William was discovered in a hunched position against the edge of his bunk. Upon finding his body stiff with rigor mortis Juliana […]

First Olympic Torch – 1928

The Olympic Flame was introduced to the modern Games in 1928 when it burnt atop a pillar above the stadium in Amsterdam. Four years later the same was repeated in Los Angeles. At both of these events the flame was lit on site at the stadium. Carl Diem devised the idea of the torch relay […]