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On this day …….. 26th of July 2011

Two Australian police officers in Canberra, used pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that had attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, on this day in 2011. The 94-year-old victim, Phyllis Johnson, was taken to a hospital for treatment for cuts and bruises after the attack Sunday afternoon. She told The Courier Mail newspaper that she tried unsuccessfully to fight the kangaroo off with a broom after it attacked her while she was hanging her laundry. “I thought it was going to kill me,” she told the newspaper from her bed in Charleville Hospital on Monday. “It was taller than me and it just plowed through the clothes on the washing line straight for me.” She said the kangaroo knocked her to the ground before she crawled to her house, where her son called police. Perkins said the first police officer to reach the backyard was forced to spray the kangaroo to avoid being injured. “The animal jumped away, then saw another officer at the back of the police car and went for that officer, and he also had to deploy his capsicum spray – so the roo had to get sprayed twice,” he said. “After that, it hopped away from the scene, but police could still monitor its location – it didn’t go too far.”

 

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1906

On Saturday, Detective Burvett took charge of the investigations into the murder of Patrick O’Rourke who died in the Alfred Hospital on June 30 from injuries received at St Kilda on the night of June 23. Burvett made three visits to St Kilda on Saturday, and carefully went over the supposed scene of the murder. Then he inspected the dead mans clothing but failed to find anything that would serve as material for any theory as to the murder

O’Rourke when he died had a pronounced black eye. This has been regarded as showing that he was attacked and struck in the eye before receiving the injury that proved fatal. The blow in the eye has also been advanced to account for O’Rourke’s hat having been off when his skull was fractured. Burvett has, however, proved that the black eye was not the result of a separate blow. The fracture of the skull had been very slight and was somewhat below the cut on forehead. The ecchymosis of the eye was the result of this fracture, and did not develop for some days. When O’Rourke was admitted to the hospital no signs of a blow on the eye were discernible.

Detective Sexton and Plain-clothes Constable White are assisting Detective Burvett in his inquiries but very little can be done until the Government analyst has given his opinion with regard to the supposed blood-stained board and O’Rourke’s clothes all of which have been submitted to him.

New Farm resident Carolyn Martin was hanging out a towel on her balcony in September 2011 when three flying foxes attacked her. One bat wrapped itself around an ankle and the other two flew around her face. She said that one bat scratched her foot and another spat in her face. Bats, or flying foxes to be precise, can carry the Lyssa virus and when they are aggressive to humans this is a sign they might carry that virus, and Carolyn had to get a lot of injections over the next month. The year before three men from Gladstone were also attacked and bitten by bats carrying the virus, but since the lyssa virus has become known amongst doctors nobody in Australia has died from it anymore.

 

On this day …….. 26th of July 2011

Two Australian police officers in Canberra, used pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that had attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, on this day in 2011. The 94-year-old victim, Phyllis Johnson, was taken to a hospital for treatment for cuts and bruises after the attack Sunday afternoon. She told The Courier Mail newspaper that she tried unsuccessfully to fight the kangaroo off with a broom after it attacked her while she was hanging her laundry. “I thought it was going to kill me,” she told the newspaper from her bed in Charleville Hospital on Monday. “It was taller than me and it just plowed through the clothes on the washing line straight for me.” She said the kangaroo knocked her to the ground before she crawled to her house, where her son called police. Perkins said the first police officer to reach the backyard was forced to spray the kangaroo to avoid being injured. “The animal jumped away, then saw another officer at the back of the police car and went for that officer, and he also had to deploy his capsicum spray – so the roo had to get sprayed twice,” he said. “After that, it hopped away from the scene, but police could still monitor its location – it didn’t go too far.”

 

ON THIS DAY – June 30, 1906

On Saturday, Detective Burvett took charge of the investigations into the murder of Patrick O’Rourke who died in the Alfred Hospital on June 30 from injuries received at St Kilda on the night of June 23. Burvett made three visits to St Kilda on Saturday, and carefully went over the supposed scene of the murder. Then he inspected the dead mans clothing but failed to find anything that would serve as material for any theory as to the murder

O’Rourke when he died had a pronounced black eye. This has been regarded as showing that he was attacked and struck in the eye before receiving the injury that proved fatal. The blow in the eye has also been advanced to account for O’Rourke’s hat having been off when his skull was fractured. Burvett has, however, proved that the black eye was not the result of a separate blow. The fracture of the skull had been very slight and was somewhat below the cut on forehead. The ecchymosis of the eye was the result of this fracture, and did not develop for some days. When O’Rourke was admitted to the hospital no signs of a blow on the eye were discernible.

Detective Sexton and Plain-clothes Constable White are assisting Detective Burvett in his inquiries but very little can be done until the Government analyst has given his opinion with regard to the supposed blood-stained board and O’Rourke’s clothes all of which have been submitted to him.

On this day …….. 3rd May 1804

For many years, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) was thought to be part of the mainland of Australia. In January 1799 Bass and Flinders completed their circumnavigation of Tasmania, proving it to be an island. As an island, Tasmania enjoyed the uniqueness of its own fauna and flora, and its own indigenous peoples, but all of these were severely disrupted by the arrival of Europeans. Van Diemen’s Land was settled as a separate colony in 1803. 3 May 1804 marks the first of the major hostilities between whites and Aborigines which ultimately led to the decimation of pure-blooded Tasmanian Aborigines. What became known as The Battle of Risdon began when a large group of about 300 aboriginal men on a kangaroo hunt inadvertently wandered into the British settlement. Thinking they were being attacked, the soldiers fired upon the party, killing three of the hunters. Debate has continued over the number of hunters actually killed. While early accounts said that two or three were killed, later the figure was expanded to fifty, and then upwards to 100.

 

On this day …….. 26th April 1845

A young boy survived a brutal attack by two Wedge Tailed Eagles. A gentleman riding a horse, on this day in 1845, saw a child, about four years old, who, having recently strayed some way into the bush, that had been attacked by two Eagles. The child’s head was considerably disfigured and had been pecked in several places. The boy stated that one of the eagles lifted him up some distance, and then dropped him. He fell with his face on the ground, in which position he was found by a casual passenger, who conducted him to his parents.

 

On this day ………… 17th February 2011

On this day in 2011, Peter Clarkson was killed while diving for abalone off Perforated Island, near Coffin Bay, South Australia. He was attacked by two sharks. The incident was observed by the captain of the vessel he was working from. Clarkson had had another close encounter with a single Great white shark the previous August.

 

On this day ………… 10th February 1975

On February 10, 1975 12-year-old Wade Shippard was attacked by a Great white shark while swimming at Point Sinclair near Penong, South Australia at 6pm.

 

 

On this day …….. 12th of January 1912

On this day in 1912, a bull was being driven down the Main Street of Mendooran, NSW, went wild and charged some schoolchildren, badly injuring one. Next it attacked the local mailman, who saved himself by knocking the beast down with a brick and killing it.

 

 

New Farm resident Carolyn Martin was hanging out a towel on her balcony in September 2011 when three flying foxes attacked her. One bat wrapped itself around an ankle and the other two flew around her face. She said that one bat scratched her foot and another spat in her face. Bats, or flying foxes to be precise, can carry the Lyssa virus and when they are aggressive to humans this is a sign they might carry that virus, and Carolyn had to get a lot of injections over the next month. The year before three men from Gladstone were also attacked and bitten by bats carrying the virus, but since the lyssa virus has become known amongst doctors nobody in Australia has died from it anymore.

 

On this day …….. 26th of July 2011

Two Australian police officers in Canberra, used pepper spray to fight off a rogue kangaroo that had attacked an elderly woman in her backyard in an Outback town, on this day in 2011. The 94-year-old victim, Phyllis Johnson, was taken to a hospital for treatment for cuts and bruises after the attack Sunday afternoon. She told The Courier Mail newspaper that she tried unsuccessfully to fight the kangaroo off with a broom after it attacked her while she was hanging her laundry. “I thought it was going to kill me,” she told the newspaper from her bed in Charleville Hospital on Monday. “It was taller than me and it just plowed through the clothes on the washing line straight for me.” She said the kangaroo knocked her to the ground before she crawled to her house, where her son called police. Perkins said the first police officer to reach the backyard was forced to spray the kangaroo to avoid being injured. “The animal jumped away, then saw another officer at the back of the police car and went for that officer, and he also had to deploy his capsicum spray – so the roo had to get sprayed twice,” he said. “After that, it hopped away from the scene, but police could still monitor its location – it didn’t go too far.”