On This Day – December 23, 1862

From Adelaide we have our files to the 23rd inst. by the Havilah, which reached Sandridge Railway Pier about five o’clock on Sunday morning. By the Havilah, Mr. Howitt and his party arrived, bringing the remains of Burke and Wills. The steamer was telegraphed off Cape Otway at half-past twelve o’clock on Saturday. The agents expected her to arrive about midnight, and consequently at twelve o’clock Dr. Macadam, Dr. Eades, Mr. J. Watson, and Dr. Wilkie members of the Exploration Committee, accompanied by Mr. J. V. A. Bruce, proceeded to Sandridge, with a hearse and two mourning carriages. The vessel did not arrive for several hours afterwards. Upon proceeding on board, the committee were met by Mr. Howitt and Dr. Murray. The remains of the explorers were delivered over to them, and were quietly conveyed to the hall of the Royal Society, where they now lie.

On This Day – December 29, 1887
Messrs. Howard Smith. & Sons’ steamer Cheviot, bound for Adelaide, broke her propeller shaft yesterday morning when off Cape Otway. She came down to Cape Schanck under canvas, and is new six miles from the Cape. The steamer Falcon had been dispatchad to go to the assistance of the Cheviot and tow her back to Port Phillip. A telegmam was received tonight from Cape Schanek to the effect that the disabled steamer Cheviot was being towed back to Melbourne by steamer Falcon.