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 […]

Strange Olympic Sports

Solo synchronized swimming: Oxymoron alert! Yes, this sport features one female swimmer synchronizing with herself. The sport made its debut in the Los Angeles Games in 1984, with U.S. swimmer Tracie Ruiz winning the gold medal. Similar to the group event, a swimmer performs a kind of water ballet. A lonely water ballet. Despite the […]

Australian Prime Minister Recipe – Joseph Lyons

Artichoke Soup 1 lb artichoke 1 oz lean ham 1 stick celery 1 oz butter 1 bay leave 1 small onion 11/2 pints white stock 1/2 pint milk 1 tsp cream 2 egg Yolk Pepper Salt Parsley stalks 1) Wash and brush the artichokes, putting them into a basin with clean cold water and peel […]

First Modern Olympic Games or Not???

Some sports historians question whether the athletic exhibition that took place over the summer of 1900 in Paris should be considered a true modern Olympiad at all. It was so under-promoted as the Olympic Games, that some victors left not even knowing they were Olympians. But most view those Games as the true successor to […]

Beaten Almost to Death

ON THIS DAY …….7th August 1886 Mary Jane Joy was married to a Chinaman and lived in Heffernan Lane. On the 7th of August, 1886, Mary Jane was seen abusing a 10 month infant in her care. At 11pm that night she had been seen carrying the child out to the outhouse and beat him […]

White man killed sparked last Aboriginal Massacre in Australia

On this day …….. 7th of August 1928 Dingo hunter Frederick Brooks is killed, sparking the Coniston Massacre of Australian Aborigines. Coniston Station is a large cattle station in central Australia, about 300 km northwest of Alice Springs. Covering 2178 sq km, it is bordered by the Tanami Desert to the west. The cattle station […]

The Olympic Torch

As the Olympic torch takes its 70-day trek once it leave Olympia in Greece before arriving at the 2012 Opening Ceremony, it will be traveling by some pretty unconventional modes of transportation, among them, a hot air balloon. Others include zip wire, motorcycle sidecar, cable car and horseback.