Brisbane in the Dark

ON THIS DAY ……… 18th March 2001 On this day in 2001 most of Brisbane, Queensland was left without power when a frog shorted out a conductor at Rosewood Substation.  

Wrestling a Shark

On this day ………… 13th March 2013 A British man who received worldwide attention for wrestling a shark away from kids on an Australian beach has been sacked from his job as a result. When Paul Marshallsea, 62, made the daring rescue at Australia’s Bulcock Beach in Queensland in late January, he was actually on […]

Choked on False Teeth

On this day ………… 2nd March 1892 On this day in 1892, Rev Zehner from Brisbane, Queensland awoke suddenly from a deep sleep and found that his false teeth were missing. He felt a choking sensation and thought he had swallowed them. Two doctors were sent for, but they could do nothing. Gasping for breath, […]

Strange Mirage

On this day ………… 28th February 1928 A strange mirage was witnessed by citizens of Cairns, Queensland, on this day in 1928. Shortly after 5pm, onlookers were amazed to see an astonishing image on the horizon. A blue range of hills clearly visible. The wonderful mirage was so vivid that eyewitness commented that it looked […]

First Recorded White Person in Australia

On this day ………… 26th February 1606 Willem Janszoon, often known as Willem Jansz, is believed to have been born in 1570, in the Netherlands. He worked for one of the trading companies which preceded the Dutch East India Company. He sailed for the Dutch East Indies first in 1598 and again in 1601. Willem […]

Maria Sinking

On this day ………… 26th February 1872 In the early 1870s, Australia was still in the grip of “gold fever”. Visitors to New Guinea had also sent back reports of gold being found on its southern coast, while geologists declared that New Guinea was prime prospecting country. With this in mind, the New Guinea Prospecting […]

First Solo Flight from England to Australia

On this day ………… 22nd February 1928 In 1919, when the Australian Federal Government announced a race in which it was offering £10,000 prize for the first Australians to fly from England to Australia within 30 days, this signalled a new era of ‘firsts’ in Australian aviation. The race was won by brothers Ross and […]

Japanese Bomb Darwin

On this day ………… 19th February 1942 In 1942, Darwin, the town on the north coast of Australia’s Northern Territory, had an official population of about 2,000. It was a strategically-placed naval port and airbase. During World War II, on 19 February 1942, the Japanese attacked Darwin, launching two waves of planes comprising 242 bombers […]

A Strange Epidemic

On this day ………… 12th February 1905 A strange epidemic has occurred at Charters Towers, Queensland. Over 100 cases have been reported, suffering from this disease, which resembles typhoid, in the hospitals. The temperature goes up to 105. but quickly subsides. Deaths were recorded.    

First White People to Reach Northern Coast

On This Day ………… 11th February 1861 Robert O’Hara Burke and William Wills led the expedition that was intended to bring fame and prestige to Victoria: being the first to cross Australia from south to north and back again. They left from Melbourne in August 1860, farewelled by around 15,000 people. The exploration party was […]

Strange Bird

On this day ………… 10th February 1968 A RATHER strange bird has come in increasing numbers to Canberra in the last one to two years. Friends tell me it is an Indian Mynah and that it is an introduced bird, which has to. do with bugs on, “Cane in Queensland many years ago, The birds […]

Cow’s Strange Feed

On this day ………… 8th February 1924 When a cow was slaughtered in Rockhampton, Queensland on this day in 1924, a packing needle, a couple of copper nails, some wire, and a half-penny were found in the second stomach.