Rain manic

On this day …….. 26th September 1902 Meteorologist Clement Wragge attempted to end a drought in 1902 using a number of Stiger Votex cannons, which were supposedly able to make rainfall. On the 26th of September the cannons sent rockets into the sky over Charleville, Queensland. The experiment was not a success. Two of Wragge’s […]

First Ambulance services in the world – Queensland

On this day …….. 12th September 1892 The Queensland Ambulance Service in its current form was established on 1 July 1991, with the amalgamation of 96 individual Queensland Ambulance Service Transport Brigades (QATB). However, Queensland’s first ambulance service began operations almost a century earlier. The need for an ambulance service in Queensland became apparent following […]

The first Australian licence plates and drivers licence issued

On this day …….. 10th September 1906 The first petrol-driven car to be manufactured in Australia is believed to have been produced by Harry A Tarrant in 1897. After modifications and improvements, Tarrant produced a second vehicle in 1901, which he named the Tarrant. This was followed by a number of improved designs, including the […]

Steve Irwin killed by a stingray

On this day …….. 4th September 2006 Stephen Robert “Steve” Irwin was born on 22 February 1962 in Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria. He moved to Queensland when he was still a child, where his parents developed and ran the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park. For his sixth birthday, young Steve received his greatest wish – his […]

Stradbroke Island in southern Queensland – divided into two

On this day …….. 3rd September 1894 The Cambus Wallace runs aground off Stradbroke Island in southern Queensland in the first of two events which cause the island to be broken into North and South. North Stradbroke and South Stradbroke are two islands located in Moreton Bay, off southeast Queensland. In the late 1800s, the […]

Prime Minister for a month – Arthur Fadden

On this day …….. 29th of August 1941 Arthur Fadden, the second of five men who served as Australian Prime Minister during World War II, is sworn into office. At the time that World War II began, Australia’s Prime Minister was Robert Menzies. It was Menzies who made the announcement in September 1939 that Australia […]

New Holland

On this day …….. 22nd of August 1770 James Cook takes possession of the eastern coast of “New Holland”. Captain James Cook was not the first to discover Australia, as he was preceded by numerous Portuguese and Dutch explorers. However, he was the first to sight and map the eastern coastline. Cook’s ship, the ‘Endeavour’, […]

Prime Minister’s Party Car Accident – GYMPIE QUEENSLAND

On this day …….. 10th of August 1938 When Prime Minister Mr. Joseph Lyons and his party were on the way to Kandanga, Queensland his cars came into collision with a tree. Miss Alice Kellcher, Senator Foil’s typist, suffered from shock, but the others were not hurt and the journey was resumed.  

The first aircraft for Qantas

On this day …….. 8th of August 1926 Qantas is Australia’s national airline service and the name was formerly an acronym for “Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services”. Qantas was born out of a need to bring regular passenger services to remote communities. W Hudson Fysh and Paul McGinness, former Australian Flying Corps officers who […]

Frank Gardiner – bushranger

Frank Gardiner, born in 1830 Scotland and shipped out to Australia as a child with his parents, made an illustrious career out of horse thievery and highway robbery. On 15 June 1862, Gardiner along with Ben Hall, John Gilbert and associates held up a gold escort travelling from Forbes to Bathurst. They stole over £14,000 […]

Japanese Bombing of Mossman – Queensland

On this day …….. 31st of July 1942 In WWII, the first real attack of the Japanese on an Australian base occurred with the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942. That attack was the first of about 90 attacks that occurred at various places in and around Australia during the war. Shortly after this […]

‘Yowie’ of Southeast Queensland

On this day …….. 25th of July 1851 From the mid 1800s, writings about strange ape-like creatures in Australia abounded. One of these was a diary entry from the Connondale region of southeast Queendland, written on the 25th of July 1851, which stated: “They are short, stout and of very muscular appearance. They are covered […]