Stolen dead cat

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1930 THIEF’S GOOD DEED Two business girls who share a flat in South Yarra were distressed when they found their pet cat dead. As their ‘yard’ consisted of a square or concrete, they could not give the body proper burial, and they did not like consigning it to the dust […]

World’s oldest sheep dies

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 2009 The world’s oldest sheep on record, dies. The average life-expectancy of sheep ranges between ten and twenty years. Not so for Lucky, the world’s oldest sheep, who died at the age of 23. Lucky was a hand-reared sheep who lived on a farm at Lake Bolac, west of Ballarat, […]

The world’s oldest dog dies

ON THIS DAY…… 14th November 1939 The world’s oldest dog on record dies – Blue Heeler named ‘Bluey – aged 29 The Blue Heeler is a hardy breed of dog developed in Australia. Also known as the Australian Cattle dog, the Blue Heeler was developed by colonists in the 1800s by crossing Dingo-blue merle Collies […]

1906 Melbourne Cup

ON THIS DAY…… 8th November 1906 Melbourne cup arrives in Wangaratta It was not as fast as modern TV, but it was still fast enough to amaze the locals in Wangaratta, North East Victoria. On this day in 1906 Dan Barry’s World Wide Wonder Show was able to screen the running of the 1906 Melbourne […]

Lindy Chamberlain convicted of the murdering her baby at Ayers Rock.

On this day …….. 29th of October 1982 Lindy Chamberlain convicted of the murdering her baby at Ayers Rock. Uluru, formerly Ayers Rock, is a huge monolith in central Australia. It has long been a popular tourist destination, but gained a new notoriety on the night of 17 August 1980, when two-month-old Azaria Chamberlain went […]

Escaped elephant – Richmond

On This Day ……. 29th October 1954 Escaped Elephant – Richmond An escaped elephant from Wirth’s Circus’ temporary camp outside Olympic Park in Richmond, Melbourne caused a mild panic on the 29th October 1954. At 9.30 p.m. a check was made by the boys guarding the elephants, and it was found that one was missing. […]

Strange find in egg

On this day …….. 27th of October 1872 When Mrs Gomerson of Burrangong, New South Wales, broke open an egg to fry on this day in 1872, she discovered an entire but slightly rusted needle in the centre of the yolk. There where no sign of entry in the eggshell and the content were fresh, […]

Fisherman reels in drowning man

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941 On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him […]

Triple winner

On this day …….. 17th of October 1903 Racegoers at the Moorefield meeting in Sydney on this day in 1903, were witness to a freak occurrence when the main race of the day ended in a triple dead heat between three horse High Flyer, Loch Lochie and Barinidi. The race was re run and amazingly […]

The Giant Koala renamed Sam in honour of bushfire victim Sam the koala

On this day …….. 9th of October 2009 Sam the koala gained notoriety in February 2009 when she was rescued during backburning operations prior to the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009. CFA volunteer firefighter David Tree approached the koala with a bottle of water, from which the animal drank; an unusual occurrence, given […]

Pony murders violent owner

On this day …….. 7th of October 1910 Jack Carodini met his death on this day in 1910 in a lagoon near the Ovens River at Wangaratta, Victoria. In a drunken state, Carodini had cruelly beaten and stabbed his pony while riding home. In it’s death throes, the pony, still carrying Carodini, jumped into a […]

Australia’s first zoo opens – Melbourne

On this day …….. 6th of October 1862 The first zoo to open in Australia was the Melbourne Zoo, which opened on this day in 1862. Modelled after the London Zoo, it featured formal Victorian-era gardens and just a few specimens of monkeys, as well as a limited display of native animals. The zoo began […]