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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.”

 

Ben Chifley the 16th Prime Minister of Australia graduated as one of the youngest first-class locomotive engine driver at 28. Chifley died of a massive heart attack on the 13th of June 1951 in Canberra, whilst parliamentarians attended State Ball at Parliament House. Once hearing the news Prime Minister Menzies told everyone to go home. Ben Chifley ghost is said to haunt Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra.

On this day …….. 28th of June 1836

Regular snow in Australia is restricted to the Snowy Mountains and high country of the southern states. Snowfalls have occurred during unusual weather patterns in southwest Western Australia and southern Queensland, but given the size of the continent, snow is very limited. Of all Australia’s capital cities, the one most likely to receive snowfalls is Canberra. While snow is not uncommon in the Blue Mountains and west to Orange, it rarely hits the New South Wales capital. Sydney recorded its first and only significant snow event on the morning of 28 June 1836. On this day, snow began around 6:00 am and continued through to mid-morning, coating the hills in white. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “the terrified state of the natives indicated the rare nature of such a visitation”. Snow fell again to a lesser degree on 2 July and 5 July, as it was a particularly cold winter.

On this day …….. 23rd of October 1965

Canberra’s first two sets of traffic lights were brought into operation on 23 October 1965. The Canberra lights were located at the junction of Northbourne Avenue and London Circuit, and Northbourne Avenue and Cooyong Street.

 

On this day …….. 13th of October 1933

On Friday the 13th of October 1933, Australia’s first traffic lights were turned on in Sydney. It was another 32 years before the nation’s capital, Canberra, received its first two sets of traffic lights, on 23 October 1965.

 

On this day …….. 6th September 1952

The 12th Prime Minister of Australia Robert Menzies and his family were involved in a near-serious mishap when leaving Fairbairn airport, Canberra, to Melbourne on this day in 1952. The R.A.A.F. Dakota in which they were travelling blew out a tyre just before leaving the ground when travelling at about 90 m.p.h. The plane swerved to one side, ran off the airstrip and pulled up less than 50 yards from the fence at the end of the airstrip. Mr. Menzies commented after the accident: “I’m glad it happened going up and not coming down. I suppose this means I will have to miss seeing Carlton beating Fitzroy this afternoon.” This was the second accident in which Mr. Menzies was involved in approximately 500,000 miles of flying. The other occasion was during the referendum tour in 1951, when the flying boat in which he was to travel from Sydney to Hobart had to turn back twice because of engine trouble. On the third attempt to leave its moorings, a line which had not been released dragged a stanchion from the plane when it was running out to begin taxiing to take off. Carlton lost to Fitzroy by one point. Score was 68/69.

 

On this day …….. 24th of August 1945

A daughter was born to the wife of Doctor K. Cheng, second Secretary to the Legation of China in Australia, on this day in 1945. The girl is the first Chinese child to be born in Canberra. Although born in Australia she will have Chinese nationality because of the diplomatic status of her father.

 

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.”

 

Ben Chifley the 16th Prime Minister of Australia graduated as one of the youngest first-class locomotive engine driver at 28. Chifley died of a massive heart attack on the 13th of June 1951 in Canberra, whilst parliamentarians attended State Ball at Parliament House. Once hearing the news Prime Minister Menzies told everyone to go home. Ben Chifley ghost is said to haunt Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra.

On this day …….. 28th of June 1836

Regular snow in Australia is restricted to the Snowy Mountains and high country of the southern states. Snowfalls have occurred during unusual weather patterns in southwest Western Australia and southern Queensland, but given the size of the continent, snow is very limited. Of all Australia’s capital cities, the one most likely to receive snowfalls is Canberra. While snow is not uncommon in the Blue Mountains and west to Orange, it rarely hits the New South Wales capital. Sydney recorded its first and only significant snow event on the morning of 28 June 1836. On this day, snow began around 6:00 am and continued through to mid-morning, coating the hills in white. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that “the terrified state of the natives indicated the rare nature of such a visitation”. Snow fell again to a lesser degree on 2 July and 5 July, as it was a particularly cold winter.

On this day ………… 11th March 1936

Joseph Lyons, 10th Prime Minister of Australia was pain fully hurt in a tennis accident at the Lodge, on this day in 1936. When reaching for a high ball, Lyons strained a tendon in his left leg. Next day, however, he was able to hobble to his office with the aid of two sticks.

 

 

On this day ………… 20th February 1913

The first survey peg marking the beginning of the development of the city of Canberra was driven in on 20 February 1913. The man who drove in the peg was King O’Malley, Minister for Home Affairs and who played a prominent role in selecting the site of the future capital of Australia. O’Malley was a controversial figure and prominent in Australian politics. A teetotaller, he was responsible for the highly unpopular ban on alcohol in the Australian Capital Territory. He was instrumental in beginning the building of the Transcontinental Railway from Melbourne to Perth, and pushed for the establishment of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, a state-owned savings and investment bank. He was also the one who advocated the spelling of “Labor” in the Australian Labor Party as being more modern than “Labour”.