The Last Executions in Australia

Executions in Australia were abolished by most of the states in the 1960s – 1980s, excepting Queensland who had abolished the death penalty in 1922. Queensland’ final execution was that of Ernest Austin on 22nd September 1913. Austin was executed for the rape and murder of 12 year old Ivy Mitchell near Sanford.  He was […]

Youngest person to sail the world

On this day …….. 15th May 2010 16 year old Jessica Watson becoming the youngest person to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world. Jessica Watson, born on the 18th of May 1993 on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is an Australian sailor. She and her three siblings all took sailing lessons as children, and for five […]

Australian Hotel – Boonah Queensland

Australian Hotel, Boonah, Queensland No one knows the origins of the Australian Hotel’s ghost … but she’s friendly. This quaint hotel prides itself on good old-fashioned hospitality and rumour has it the pub is haunted by the ghost of a 23-year-old woman, but don’t worry, she’s “friendly”. The staff and locals are only too happy […]

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.