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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


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 […]


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 […]


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.

A Man Shot by a Monkey!

On this day …….. 21st of April 1934 Chance has played many curious tricks, but never before one such as was played at about 10 o’clock last night, with Madame Prince and her monkey Tarzan the principals in an amazing episode at Wirth’s Circus. Towards the end of their act Tarzan, the monkey shoots, from […]

Glenelg’s Luna Parks

On This Day……… 8th April 1935 On this day in 1935, Glenelg’s Luna Parks assets were put up for auction, all of which were purchased by Atkins and Phillips. The rides were dismantled and shipped to Sydney, NSW. The rides and equipment were assembled at the Lavender Bay site, with Luna Park Milsons Point opened […]

First Balloon Flight

On this day …….. 13th of December 1858 The first balloon flight in Sydney, Australia, takes place on this day in 1858. The hot air balloon was developed in the 1700s by Frenchman Jacques Étienne Montgolfier, together with his brother Joseph-Michel. Montgolfier progressed to untethered flights until 1783 when he tested the first balloon to […]

Australia’s National Anthem performed for the first time in public

ON THIS DAY…… 30th November 1878 Australia’s National Anthem performed for the first time in public Australia’s national anthem, ‘Advance Australia Fair was composed by Scottish-born composer Peter Dodds McCormick, who arrived in Sydney in 1855, taking up a position as a public school teacher in New South Wales. McCormick was heavily involved in the […]

New record – Sydney to Melbourne by bike

ON THIS DAY…… 8th November 1929 Record broken The man they called “the human machine”, Hubert Opperman, was in North East Victoria on this day in 1929. Opperman was seeking to set a new record time for a trip from Sydney to Melbourne. The previous best time of 47 hours and 46 mins had been […]