Fisherman reels in drowning man

On this day …….. 21st of October 1941 On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him […]

The largest single piece of reef gold ever discovered in the world found

On this day …….. 19th of October 1872 The gold mining town of Hill End in New South Wales today is almost a ghost town. Alluvial gold was discovered at Hill End in 1851 and within a month, there were were 150 miners working the area. The Hill End goldfield was one of the richest […]

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 […]

Long lost family

On this day …….. 11th of October 1944 While on a train bound for Frankston, Victoria, on this day in 1944, a New South Wales Army Sergeant Hugh Cameron struck up a conversation with a female passenger. During the exchange he remarked that he knew no one in the state and found camp life lonely. […]

Wood chopping champion cut leg off

On this day …….. 5th of October 1923 During a wood chopping contest at Valla, New South Wales, on this day in 1923, Stanley Appleby accidentally cut off his leg. He chopped through on side of a 30cm block, and jumped round to deliver a stroke, he slipped and the axe struck his leg between […]

Prime Minister Escapes Accident

On this day …….. 4th of October 1937 On the way from Casino to Byron Bay, New South Wales, on this day in 1937 the 10th Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons had his third escape from accident on his election tour. Near Bangalow a car swung wide on a bend, and Mr. Lyons’s car […]

Man shot by dog

On this day …….. 3rd of October 1950 Arthur Walder from Narromine in New South Wales, was accidentally shot by his own dog while rabbit shooting on thus day in 1950. Walder, 23 was sitting in his parked truck 10km from town, when his dog jumped into the cabin and hit the trigger of his […]

Dragged over the line

On this day …….. 1st of October 1973 Ray Selkrig had a successful career as a jockey, but he will always be remembered for one race. Selkrig was riding Hot Chestnut at Kembla Grange, New South Wales, on this day in 1973 and was ahead by several length close to the finish line, when the […]

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 […]

Explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell wins the last official duel – New South Wales

On this day …….. 27th September 1851 Sir Thomas Mitchell was Surveyor-General of New South Wales and the explorer who discovered “Australia Felix”, or “Happy Australia”, which was the rich land of western Victoria. As well as being well-known for his immense contribution to exploration, Mitchell is less-known for fighting the last known duel in […]