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 […]

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 […]