Snow in Sydney

On this day …….. 28th of June 1836 Regular snow in Australia is restricted to the Snowy Mountains and high country of the southern states. Snowfalls have occurred during unusual weather patterns in southwest Western Australia and southern Queensland, but given the size of the continent, snow is very limited. Of all Australia’s capital cities, […]

AUSTRALIAS FIRST POST OFFICE

On this day …….. 23rd of June 1810 In 1809, Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie arrived in Sydney to take up the position of Governor of the New South Wales colony, which he held from 1810 to 1821. With his military training and vision for organisation and discipline, Macquarie was an ideal candidate to restore order […]

Australian Mass Shootings

A list of Australia’s mass shootings 1628 – 1899 Shipwreck of the Batavia in – 1628 (Western Australia) 110 Dutch Cape Grim massacre – 10 February 1828 (Tasmania) – 30 Indigenous Australians Convincing Ground – 1833 Portland (Victoria) – 200 Indigenous Australians Pinjarra – 28 October 1834, Pinjarra (Western Australia ) – 40 Indigenous Australians […]

Australia Strangest Murder Case

The Shark Arm case refers to a series of incidents that began in Sydney, Australia on the 25th of April 1935 when a human arm was regurgitated by a captive 3.5-metre tiger shark, subsequently leading to a murder investigation. The tiger shark had been caught 3 kilometres from the beach suburb of Coogee in mid-April […]

NEW ZEALAND BECOMES PART OF NSW

On this day …….. 15th of June 1839 The first Englishman to explore New Zealand was James Cook, who charted and circumnavigated the North and South Islands late in 1769. In November, Cook claimed New Zealand for Great Britain, raising the British flag at Mercury Bay, on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula. This […]

New South Wales Police Motorcycles Chariots

On the 1st March 1936, more than 50,000 fans turned out at the Sydney Show Ground to watch the famous New South Wales police Carnival, held in conjunction with the Speedway meeting. The NSW Police turn their motorcycles into chariots.  

TASMANIA SEPARATES FROM NSW

On this day …….. 7th of June 1825 Tasmania was first discovered by Abel Tasman on 24 November 1642. Tasman discovered the previously unknown island on his voyage past the “Great South Land”, or “New Holland”, as the Dutch called Australia. He named it “Antony Van Diemen’s Land” in honour of the High Magistrate, or […]

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 DEADLIEST FLOODS

Between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached an estimated $4.76 billion dollars. 1. June 1852 – Gundagai, NSW 89 deaths, entire settlement of 250 people destroyed There’s little doubt that the 2010/2011 Queensland floods were Australia’s most devastating in terms […]

QUEENSLAND SEPARATION FROM NSW

On this day …….. 6th of June 1859 The colony of the Moreton Bay District was founded in 1824 when explorer John Oxley arrived at Redcliffe with a crew and 29 convicts. The settlement was established at Humpybong, but abandoned less than a year later when the main settlement was moved 30km away, to the […]

PREPARED COFFIN

On This Day ……. 31st May 1943 Ernst Schneider, 83, who died at Dubbo, NSW, completed some years ago all arrangements for his funeral. He selected the casket, and even engraved the nameplate for his own coffin. The undertaker had only to insert the date of his death. “He was more concerned with the hereafter […]

Governor Macquarie offers a free pardon to absconded Tasmanian convicts, except for murderers.

On this day …….. 28th May 1814 Unlike in the penal colony of New South Wales, Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) remained largely a convict settlement for its first fifty years. Little was done to encourage free settlers to take up land on the island. The colony faced starvation in the first few years of its […]

Australian explorer dies after being gored by a bull

On this day …….. 25th May 1847 Little-known Australian explorer Joseph Wild is credited with discovering Lake George on 21 August 1820. Wild was an ex-convict, sentenced on 21 August 1793 in Chester for shooting a rabbit on another man’s property, and transported in 1797. He received a ticket-of-leave in 1810 and conditional pardon in […]