Television commenced in Tasmania – TVT-6

On this day …….. 23rd May 1960 In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, commencing with the launch of an ABC station. Three years later his government amended the 1948 Broadcasting Act to allow for commercial television licences. Test transmissions commenced in Sydney and Melbourne in July […]


On this day …….. 23rd of June 1810 In 1809, Lieutenant Colonel Lachlan Macquarie arrived in Sydney to take up the position of Governor of the New South Wales colony, which he held from 1810 to 1821. With his military training and vision for organisation and discipline, Macquarie was an ideal candidate to restore order […]

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 […]

Lost scissors

On this day …….. 18th May 2001 Pat Skinner had an operation in the St George Hospital in Sydney on this day in 2001 to have part of her colon removed because doctors were afraid that polyps growing there might by cancerous. Fortunately, they were found to be benign, but the 69 year old suffered […]

Royal visit to North East Victoria

On This Day ……. 17th May 1901 Tremendous excitement in North East Victorias on this day in 1901, as preparation was made for the progress by the Duke and Duchess of York travelling though to Sydney the following day. Spontaneous welcomes were planned at railway stations where brief glimpses of the Royals could be expected. […]

Australia’s first major exploration venture.

On this day …….. 11th May 1813 When the First Fleet arrived in New South Wales in 1788, all efforts concentrated on developing farmland and a food supply to support the convict colony. Free settlers also began to arrive, lured by the promise of a better life in the new, young country. This placed considerable […]

The Russell Hotel – The Rocks NSW

The Russell Hotel, The Rocks, NSW The Russell Hotel, in The Rocks, Sydney, is haunted by a sailor. Located in the heart of The Rocks, The Russell Hotel is steeped in history and certainly has plenty of character — Room 8 is said to be haunted by the spirit of a sailor. Guests have described […]


On This Day ……. 7th May 1947 A Sydney dockworker Henry Grundy went to extreme lengths to prove that he was without feeling in his right arm and hand after suffering from a work place injury, on this day in 1947. To prove his incapacity before a workers compensation court, Grundy stuck pins deep into […]

Murder of Mrs Bowker

ON THIS DAY – May 1, 1967 A man on remand until to-morrow on an extradition hearing appeared in the Central Court today charged with having murdered a woman in Melbourne on May 1. He is Raymond Patrick O’Connor, meat worker, of Castlereagh Street, City, who is charged with the murder of Shirley Bowker, 31, of Dight […]

Mother and Son

On this day …….. 30th April 1933 Mrs George Deaton was playing golf at Sydney’s La Perouse course on this day in 1933 with her husband and daughter when she was hit in the left eye by a stray golf ball. Mrs Deaton was wearing. Glasses at the time and a pieces of broken glass […]

First Māori to visit England

On this day …….. 27th of April 1806 Moehanga Ngāpuhi, became the first recorded Māori visitor to England when the Ferret berthed in London on the 27th of April 1806. Moehanga had boarded the Ferret when it visited the Bay of Islands late in 1805. While Māori had travelled as far as Tahiti and Australia […]

First Cemetery in Tasmania

On this day …….. 24th April 1804 The first cemetery in Tasmania Hobart in Tasmania is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in Van Diemen’s Land in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of […]