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, […]

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 […]

Ned Kelly Executed

ON THIS DAY…… 11th November 1880 Ned Kelly execution Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger, was born in December 1854 in Victoria, Australia. Kelly was twelve when his father died, and he was subsequently required to leave school to take on the new position as head of the family. Shortly after this, the Kellys moved […]

Toilet people are dying to use

ON THIS DAY…… 1st November 2012 Toilet people are dying to use The town of Millaa Millaa, in Queensland, Australia, came up with a killer idea for national coverage and tourist attraction at their town cemetery. A new toilet was needed at the graveyard and the council was quoted more than $80,000. Not to be […]

Fourteen people killed in one of Australia’s earliest train accidents

On this day …….. 31st of October 1894 Opening on 26 September 1855, the New South Wales railway, Australia, was the first government-owned railway in the British Empire. The first line ran the 22km from Sydney to Parramatta. By 1862, the western line had reached Penrith. The railway continued to expand, reaching Albury in 1881, […]

The great escape – Geelong Gaol

ON THIS DAY……31st October 1889 Fredrick “Josh” Clark and Christopher “Christie” Farrell were both ex convicts transported from England to Van Demons Land. Once both men had received their tickets of leave they sailed to Victoria, arriving at the beginning of the Victorian gold rush. Both men found there way back to the lives thy […]

Ned Kelly sentenced to execution

On this day …….. 29th of October 1880 Ned Kelly sentenced to execution Ned Kelly, Australia’s most famous bushranger, was born in December 1854 in Victoria, Australia. Kelly was twelve when his father died, and he was subsequently required to leave school to take on the new position as head of the family. Shortly after […]

The Australian Government returns ownership of Uluru to the traditional owners

On this day …….. 26th of October 1985 Uluru, in central Australia, is an inselberg, often referred to as the second largest monolith in the world, second only to Mt Augustus which is also in Australia. Also known as Ayers Rock, it was named after the former Premier of South Australia, Sir Henry Ayers by […]

Centenarian’s Death – Middle Park

On this day …….. 23rd of October 1929 Mrs. Ellen Bell, who had resided in Australia for 75 years, died on this day in 1929 at her daughter’s residence at Middle Park, Victoria aged 103. For the greater part of the 71 years she lived near Kyneton.  

Constable William Murray returns to Alice Springs after massacring Aborigines at Coniston Station

On this day …….. 18th of October 1928 The Coniston Massacre was the last known massacre of Australian Aborigines. Occurring at Coniston cattle station, Northern Territory, Australia, it was a revenge killing for the death of dingo hunter Frederick Brooks, who was believed to have been killed by Aborigines in August 1928. Constable William Murray, […]

Australian classic The Magic Pudding is first published

On this day …….. 12th of October 1918 The Magic Pudding is a novel by artist and writer Norman Lindsay, who was known for his unusual and creative approach. Norman Alfred William Lindsay was born on 22 February 1879 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was a skilled artist, and his paintings were controversial for their […]