Stolen Aboriginal

ON THIS DAY…… 25th November 1789 Bennelong, the Aborigine, is captured, to be used as an intermediary between the Aboriginal and white cultures. The Aborigine Bennelong was a senior man of the Eora, a Koori, people of the Port Jackson area, when the First Fleet arrived in Australia, in 1788. He was captured on 25 […]

Dutch explorer Abel Tasman

ON THIS DAY…… 24th November 1642 Dutch explorer Abel Tasman On the 24th of November 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered a previously unknown island on his voyage past the “Great South Land”, or “New Holland”, as the Dutch called Australia. He named it Van Diemen’s Land after the governor of Batavia. The Dutch, however, […]

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 longest bare knuckle fight

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1855 world’s longest bare knuckle fight The world’s longest bare knuckle fight took place at Fiery Creek, near Daylesford, Victoria, on this day in 1855. James Kelly and Jonathan Smith fought for six hours and fifteen minutes before the match was ended in a draw.

Curse of Ned Kelly

ON THIS DAY…… 23rd November 1880 Curse of Ned Kelly After a very short illness Judge Sir Redmond Barry died in East Melbourne on the 23rd November 1880, only twelve days after the execution of Ned Kelly. Once passing the death sentence of the notorious bush ranger Ned Kelly, Kelly stated “We will both be […]

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, […]

Born at sea

ON THIS DAY…… 22nd November 1899 Born at sea An old man, named Thomas Joyce, whose ago is stated to be 99 years and 8 months, was brought into the Melbourne Hospital on this day in 1899 from South Morang, in a state of exhaustion. The medical offers discovered, that the old fellow’s condition was […]

First working farm in Australia

ON THIS DAY…… 21st November 1789 Convict James Ruse establish first working farm in Australia James Ruse was born on a farm in Cornwall around 1759. At age 22, he was convicted of burglary and, due to severe over-crowding in British gaols, spent over four years on the prison hulks in Plymouth Harbour. He was […]

Biggest earth tremor in Victoria

ON THIS DAY…… 21st November 1982 The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria The biggest earth tremor ever recorded in Victoria shook the state on this day in 1982. Registering 5.5 on the Richter Scale, and centred on Mt Hotham in Victoria, the tremor struck at 10.36pm, and was felt as far away as […]

Convict George Cairns Bradshaw

ON THIS DAY…… 20th November 1900 Convict George Cairns Bradshaw George Cairns Bradshaw, a married man, was charged with an unlawful assault upon Jane Bateman at Terang, on 20th October. Mr Garnet appeared to prosecute for the Crown. On being arraigned, the prisoner pleaded guilty and was returned to the cell whilst His Honour perused […]

Hand on fire

ON THIS DAY…… 20th November 1905 Hand on fire Ernest Potter from Gundagai district of New South Wales was making rabbit poison on this date in 1905 when a bottle containing phosphorous spilt over his trousers and one of his hands. The mixture flared up. Potter managed to put out the flames on his trousers […]

Death of William Erwin – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY……19th November 1921 Death of William Henry Erwin The deputy coroner Mr. W. R. Anderson, conducted an inquest into the death at the Geelong Gaol. William Henry Erwin who was undergoing a sentence. Dr. Croke stated that death was due to apoplexy caused by cerebral hemorrhage, and a verdict was returned accordingly.