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 […]

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 […]

Sydney’s Luna Park opened

On this day …….. 4th of October 1935 Sydney’s Luna Park opened to the public on this day in 1935. The current Luna Park Face was based on the enormous smiling faces at Luna Park, Melbourne, Australia and Steeplechase Park in the United States, Luna Park’s 9-metre-wide (30 ft) smiling face, as well as its […]

Strange scenes at Victoria Dock – Melbourne

On this day …….. 30th September 1939 Strange scenes were witnessed at Victoria Dock, when interstate buyers were so eager to secure pedigreed stud sheep that reached Melbourne from oversea that they wanted an auction sale on the wharf. This effort failed, but a sale was held in the city half an hour after the […]

The Holey Dollar was circulated in NSW to combat currency shortages

On this day …….. 30th September 1813 The coins “holey dollar” and “dump” were created by punching the centre out of Spanish dollars. The external circle was the “holey dollar” and the punched-out inner circle was the “dump”. They were only ever used in New South Wales, Australia, and on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In […]

An amazing air accident

On this day …….. 29th September 1940 On 29 September 1940, a mid-air collision occurred over Brocklesby, New South Wales, Australia. The accident was unusual in that the aircraft involved, two Avro Ansons of No. 2 Service Flying Training School RAAF, remained locked together after colliding, and then landed safely. The collision stopped the engines […]

The first performance in Sydney Opera House

On this day …….. 28th September 1973 The Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, sits on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour. Designed by Danish architect Joern Utzon in 1955, it has become one of the most famous performing arts venues in the world. Utzon arrived in Sydney to oversee the project in 1957 and work […]

Beginning of TV in Australia

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 GTV (channel 9) was amongst the first television stations to begin regular transmission in Australia. Test transmissions began on 27 September 1956, introduced by former 3DB radio announcer Geoff Corke, based at the Mt Dandenong transmitter, as the studios in Richmond were not yet ready. The station was […]

Aboriginal hero Yarri, honoured with a headstone – 1852 Gundagai floods

On this day …….. 27th September 1990 The town of Gundagai is located on the Murrumbidgee River 390 km south-west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Australian explorer Hamilton Hume, together with immigrant William Hovell, were the first Europeans to visit when they passed through the area in 1824, and their expedition subsequently opened up […]

First Puppet on Australia TV

On this day …….. 27th September 1956 Sandra Simpkins is a ventriloquist doll which was used by Merle Blaskett in the test transmission of GTV9 (channel 9) from Mount Dandenong, Melbourne on this day 1956, becoming the first puppet on Australian TV. Today “Sandra Simpkins” is believed to be a very rare Len Insull doll, […]

The largest explosion of British atomic tests at Maralinga – South Australia

On this day …….. 25th September 1957 Australia’s relative remoteness from the major populated countries of the world made it a strategic location for testing of British atomic weapons in the 1950s. Initial tests were conducted at the Montebello islands, off north-west Western Australia. In 1953, Britain’s first atomic test on the Australian mainland was […]