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ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1967

The 17th Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Harold Holt, arrived in Singapore on this day in 1967 with his left foot bandaged following a minor swimming accident. Mr Holt told guests at a Government dinner in his honour that he cut himself on rocks at Portsea, Victoria, during the weekend. His left foot and ankle were heavily bandaged and he had also cut his back, but it was not serious. The incident occurred in rough weather and shallow water when he had moved across near some rocks to warn some Sydney friends of the danger. “I managed to warn them off but instead I hit the the rocks and cut my leg and back”, Mr Holt said. On the 19th of December 1967, after swimming at the same beach Holt would disappear and was officially pronounced dead after drowning at sea.

 

 

On This Day – 22nd March 1892

A young man named Samuel Edward Bees, was at the Geelong Court on the double barrelled charge of furious driving and driving without lights on the 3rd March. The evidence of the prosecutor was to the effect that on the evening of the day named defendant drove along Railway Terrace at a furious pace. Darkness had set in and defendant had no lights, so that the danger of an accident was intensified. The constable expressed his surprise at the fact that no serious casualty had been occasioned by the reckless driving of the accused, as a large number of persons were passing along the thoroughfare after the declaration of the poll in connection with the Parliamentary election. Bees was sentenced to 48 hours imprisonment at the Geelong Gaol.

 

 

On This Day……… 8th April 1983

A train fully laden petrol tankers was derailed 12km North of Wangaratta, and surprisingly the train did not explode. The incident renewed concerns about the danger of highly flammable materials and chemicals being transferred though heavily populated areas.

 

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 29th March 1967

The 17th Prime Minister of Australia, Mr Harold Holt, arrived in Singapore on this day in 1967 with his left foot bandaged following a minor swimming accident. Mr Holt told guests at a Government dinner in his honour that he cut himself on rocks at Portsea, Victoria, during the weekend. His left foot and ankle were heavily bandaged and he had also cut his back, but it was not serious. The incident occurred in rough weather and shallow water when he had moved across near some rocks to warn some Sydney friends of the danger. “I managed to warn them off but instead I hit the the rocks and cut my leg and back”, Mr Holt said. On the 19th of December 1967, after swimming at the same beach Holt would disappear and was officially pronounced dead after drowning at sea.

 

 

On This Day – 22nd March 1892

A young man named Samuel Edward Bees, was at the Geelong Court on the double barrelled charge of furious driving and driving without lights on the 3rd March. The evidence of the prosecutor was to the effect that on the evening of the day named defendant drove along Railway Terrace at a furious pace. Darkness had set in and defendant had no lights, so that the danger of an accident was intensified. The constable expressed his surprise at the fact that no serious casualty had been occasioned by the reckless driving of the accused, as a large number of persons were passing along the thoroughfare after the declaration of the poll in connection with the Parliamentary election. Bees was sentenced to 48 hours imprisonment at the Geelong Gaol.