AUSTRALIAS FIRST POST OFFICE

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 […]

Stolen Cage – Bird Left

On this day …….. 21st of June 1947 An elderly woman from Wollstonecraft in Sydney returned home on this day in 1947 to find her pet canary tied by one leg to a brick and happily chirping. A thief had taken the bird’s cage from the veranda, but had left if and a two shilling […]

Murder at the Southern Cross Hotel

ON THIS DAY – June 19, 1894 The trial of Cecilia Anderson for the murder of John Fraser at the Southern Cross Hotel, Bourke-street, on 19th June, was held on Thursday at the Criminal Court, Melbourne, before the Chief Justice. Mr. Walsh, QC., stated the case for the Crown. He said that on Mrs. Anderson’s […]

TRAPPED BY A WARDROBE

On this day …….. 17th of June 1937 On this day in 1937, James Ward while getting out of bed in a Sydney boarding house accidentally knocked over a heavy wardrobe. As it fell, it pinned him by the legs. He banged on the floor and shouted for help but no one came to his […]

Australia Strangest Murder Case

The Shark Arm case refers to a series of incidents that began in Sydney, Australia on the 25th of April 1935 when a human arm was regurgitated by a captive 3.5-metre tiger shark, subsequently leading to a murder investigation. The tiger shark had been caught 3 kilometres from the beach suburb of Coogee in mid-April […]

FAMILY BIRTHDAY

On this day …….. 13th of June 1927 Constable and Mrs. George Lithgow, of Sydney, have five children all of whom have their birthdays on the same day. The first children (twins) were born on the 13th of June 1927. Three years later, on the same date, another boy was born, and on the 13th […]

1986 World’s 9000th McDonald’s opens in Sydney

  McDonald’s now had 9000 stores world wide, with the 9000th store being located in Sydney. McDonald’s was now the biggest fast-food chain in the world.

DRIVE THOUGH FIRE STATION

On this day …….. 10th of June 1949 A motorist whose car caught fire in Sydney in the early hours of this day in 1949 drove it to a nearby Fire Station where firemen put out the fire, saving the car. Other firemen repaired the wiring and the motorist drove away.

FIRE AT LUNA PARK – SYDNEY

On this day …….. 9th of June 1979 On the 9th of June 1979, the park’s Ghost Train caught fire. The fire quickly destroyed the ride, which was understaffed and not adequately covered by the park’s fire hose system, although it was contained before spreading to the nearby Big Dipper and River Caves. Searches of […]

BUYING LAND FROM ABORIGINALS

On this day …….. 6th of June 1835 John Batman was born in Parramatta, Sydney, in 1801. As a native born Australian, Batman was interested in opening up new pastureland and promoting the growth of the colonies. He applied for land in the Westernport Bay area of southern Australia, now Victoria, but was not granted […]

FIRST THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE

On this day …….. 4th of June 1789 The first theatrical performance in Australian took place on this day in 1789 in Sydney, when some prisoners performed George Farquhar’s comedy The Recruiting Officer to celebrate King George III’s birthday.

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 […]