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 […]

Blind mans honour

A blind man in a Brisbane Asylum never missed an inmates funeral in the 30 years he was there between 1890 and 1920. He took his stand 200 yards from the morgue and when the hearse passed he, fell in behind for the mile walk to the cemetery. After listening to the service, he made […]

Man Found with Tongue Frozen to Pipe

On this day …….. 18th of July 1936 William Cunningham of Paddington, Brisbane was found with his tongue frozen against a pipe at the Mountain Milk Company’s freezing works at Dayboro, Queensland, on the 18th of July 1936. The 20 year old was released from the pipe after water was poured on his tongue.  

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from Queensland to find Ned Kelly and his Gang left Benalla, North East Victoria on this day in 1880 after being withdrawn from the hunt.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 […]