Two Meter Crocodile

On this day …….. 26th of June 2001 On this day in 2001 an unexpected speed bump on the road to the Cairns Airport in Queensland gave a taxi driver and his passenger a fright when it turned out to be a two meter crocodile laying in the sun.

Blacktrackers on the Hunt for Ned Kelly

On this day …….. 24th of June 1880 The blacktrackers brought from Queensland to find Ned Kelly and his Gang left Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1880 after being withdrawn from the hunt. The Queensland government considered they were not being given a fair chance. The operation had not been encouraged by […]

Death of the Oldest Known Animal in Captivity

On this day …….. 23rd of June 2006 “Harriet” was a Giant Galapagos tortoise, at least 176 years old, which resided at Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo near Beerwah, Queensland, Australia. Believed for one hundred years to have been a male, she was the world’s oldest living chelonian in captivity. A chelonian is a reptile with […]

Entangled Bulls

On this day …….. 20th of June 1906 On this day in 1906, two cows owned by Mr F. Dolan of Logan River district in Queensland were found with their horns entangled as a result of fighting. They had apparently been that way for some time. They were freed by a hand saw cutting the […]

TWO FISH ONE HOOK

On this day …….. 18th of June 1925 While fishing on the Balonne River in Queensland on this day in 1925, a lucky fisherman managed to catch two fish with the one hook. At first a 3kg cod took the bait, the fish was in turn swallowed by an 18kg cod. Both fish were successfully […]

Australian Mass Shootings

A list of Australia’s mass shootings 1628 – 1899 Shipwreck of the Batavia in – 1628 (Western Australia) 110 Dutch Cape Grim massacre – 10 February 1828 (Tasmania) – 30 Indigenous Australians Convincing Ground – 1833 Portland (Victoria) – 200 Indigenous Australians Pinjarra – 28 October 1834, Pinjarra (Western Australia ) – 40 Indigenous Australians […]

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 DEADLIEST FLOODS

Between 1852 and 2011, at least 951 people were killed by floods, another 1326 were injured, and the cost of damage reached an estimated $4.76 billion dollars. 1. June 1852 – Gundagai, NSW 89 deaths, entire settlement of 250 people destroyed There’s little doubt that the 2010/2011 Queensland floods were Australia’s most devastating in terms […]

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 […]