Television commenced in Tasmania – TVT-6

On this day …….. 23rd May 1960 In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, commencing with the launch of an ABC station. Three years later his government amended the 1948 Broadcasting Act to allow for commercial television licences. Test transmissions commenced in Sydney and Melbourne in July […]

Executions in Australia 1788-1967

Executions have been a part of Australian history since the beginning. The indigenous people had death sentences that were carried out under Aboriginal customary law. The first executions carried out under European law in Australia took place in Western Australia in 1629, when Dutch authorities hanged the mutineers of the Batavia. The first execution after […]

Australia’s first horse-drawn railway line – South Australia

On this day …….. 18th May 1854 Victoria is generally accepted as the first place in Australia to have had a completed railway line. The first steam train in Australia made its maiden voyage on the 12th of September 1854, running between Flinders Street and Sandridge, now Port Melbourne. However, the first railway ever to […]

Women win the vote in Western Australia

On this day …….. 15th May 1900 Australia was one of the world’s leading countries in regard to women’s rights. Women in South Australia gained the right to vote in 1894, and voted for the first time in the election of 1896, becoming just the fourth place in the world where women gained the vote. […]

The First Fleet of convicts departs Portsmouth, England, bound for Australia

On this day …….. 13th May 1787 Conditions in England in the 18th century were tough: the industrial revolution had removed many people’s opportunities to earn an honest wage as simpler tasks were replaced by machine labour. As unemployment rose, so did crime, especially the theft of basic necessities such as food and clothing. The […]

First confirmed white sighting of the elusive Tasmanian Tiger is made

On this day …….. 13th May 1792 The Tasmanian tiger, known also by its palaeontological nickname of Thylacine, was a carnivorous marsupial of Australia. It was once believed to roam the entire Australian mainland, as well as parts of New Guinea. Its disappearance from the mainland is believed to have been due to increased competition […]

Link to Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 10th May 1902 Patrick McDonnell landlord of the Railway Hotel in Glenrowan, North East Victoria, who became known as part of the folklore of the Kelly Gang years, died on this day. It was from this hotel that the rockets were fired as part of the plan built around the Siege […]

Australian Pubs

So what is a pub? According to Wikipedia! “The Australian pub is a direct descendant of the British and Irish public house. The production and consumption of alcoholic drinks has long played a key role in Western commerce and social activity, and this is reflected in the importance of pubs in the British colonisation of […]

Australia’s First Oscar 1942

Kokoda Front Line! was a full-length edition of the Australian newsreel, Cinesound Review, produced by the Australian News & Information Bureau and Cinesound Productions Limited in 1942. It was one of four winners of the 15th Academy Awards for best documentary, and the first Australian film to win an Oscar. It was filmed by the […]

Royal visit

On this day……. 5th May 1901 For the first time in that Empire’s history its future King and Queen have landed on British territory so far distant from the mother country as Australia is.  

Battle of Risdon – Tasmania

On this day …….. 3rd May 1804 For many years, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) was thought to be part of the mainland of Australia. In January 1799 Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation of Tasmania, proving it to be an island. As an island, Tasmania enjoyed the uniqueness of its own fauna and flora, […]

Melbourne Announced as Host City for XVI Olympiad

On this day …….. 28th April 1949 Melbourne was announced as the host city for the Games of the XVI Olympiad on 28 April 1949, beating bids from Buenos Aires, Mexico City and six other American cities by a single vote. The Olympic Games commenced with an opening ceremony in November 1956. Because Melbourne is […]