Frozen Goannas -1923

On This Day – 16th December 1923 Swamps turn to ice, goannas frozen in subtropical Queensland It’s rare that you’ll find ice outside of an esky filled with beer or a freezer full of fish in subtropical Rockhampton, Queensland. But according to Adelaide’s News on 11 December 1923, a rare weather event turned swamps into […]

Australian Prime Ministered Egged

ON THIS DAY…… 29th November 1917 Australian Prime hit by Egg – starts Commonwealth Police force Arrest those men, constable! – Prime Minister William Morris Hughes, was in Warwick, Queensland on this day in 1917, when he was hit by an egg. When the policemen refused to arrest him on the grounds that he was […]

Strange Case of Suicide

On This Day – November 3, 1923 DIVE INTO ENGINE FURNACE. At Bowen, North Queensland, the strangest case of suicide ever reported in Queensland, and probably in Australia, occurred on November 3. A man, who had previously divested himself of clothing entered the engine shed in the railway yards, climbed on to an engine, opened […]

Toilet people are dying to use

ON THIS DAY…… 1st November 2012 Toilet people are dying to use The town of Millaa Millaa, in Queensland, Australia, came up with a killer idea for national coverage and tourist attraction at their town cemetery. A new toilet was needed at the graveyard and the council was quoted more than $80,000. Not to be […]

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.