Flying Baby

On this day …….. 23rd May 1930 When part of the seating in Wirth’s Circus collapsed during a performance at West Maitland, New South Wales, on this day in 1930, a woman threw her baby forward over the heads of five rows of people, as she fell. It was caught unharmed by a man in […]


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 […]

Lost scissors

On this day …….. 18th May 2001 Pat Skinner had an operation in the St George Hospital in Sydney on this day in 2001 to have part of her colon removed because doctors were afraid that polyps growing there might by cancerous. Fortunately, they were found to be benign, but the 69 year old suffered […]

Death adder attack

On this day …….. 15th May 1939 Charmed Loef from Wyong, New South Wales, took decisive action on the 15th of May 1939, when a death adder bit him on two fingers. Loef had shot a parrot, but when he went to pick it up, the adder attached itself to the fingers on his left […]

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 […]

112 year old witness

On This Day ……. 12th May 1855 On this day in 1855, an old man, white headed, and apparently in full possession of his faculties, with the exception of his eyesight entered the Windsor Court House, in New South Wales. When stepping into the witness box, at the Police Office, nobody in the building realised […]

Australia’s first major exploration venture.

On this day …….. 11th May 1813 When the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales in 1788, all efforts concentrated on developing farmland and a food supply to support the convict colony. Free settlers also began to arrive, lured by the promise of a better life in the new, young country. This placed considerable […]

Near death

On This Day ……. 9th May 1897 While cantering along the line of a newly erected fence near Mohonga, New South Wales, on this day in 1897, Mr Nowland of the District Survey Office was caught round the neck by a wire noose loop set for kangaroos. Nowland was violently jerked from his saddle to […]


On This Day ……. 6th May 1922 Mr. Hughes, 7th Prime Minister of Australia, fell from his horse while riding near Grafton, New South Wales on this day in 1922, and broke his collar-bone. Dr. Earle Page (11th Prime Minister of Australia), who attending Hughes, states that the fracture is not serious.. Mr. Hughes suffered […]

Obtaining Horses

On This Day ……. 2nd May 1900 At Geelong, a man named John Bell was arrested on warrant, immediately on his discharge from Geelong gaol, and charged with obtaining horses at Cobargo, New South Wales, under false pretences in June, 1899. He has been remanded for a week.  

The city of Fremantle, Western Australia, is founded

On this day …….. 2nd May 1829 The city of Fremantle lies just south of Perth, at the mouth of the Swan River. Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh named the Swan River in 1697 because of the black swans he saw in abundance there. As the first city in Western Australia, Fremantle is steeped in […]

Victoria Closes her Borders against Flu

On this day …….. 30th April 1919 New South Wales suffered half the deaths in the influenza epidemic, after worked war I. For a time, the Victorian government closed the border at Albury and other border towns. In Echuca, for example, visitors were forced to spend five day quarantine in the town. Women made gauze […]