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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 …….. 21st of August 1842

Hobart Town, the main settlement in Van Diemen’s Land, is proclaimed a city.

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, Australia, and is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. It is Australia’s twelfth largest city. Hobart also serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations.
The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of French explorers. A year later it was moved to its current location at Sullivan’s Cove. The name Hobart Town was adopted by the settlement in June 1804, after Lord Hobart the Colonial Secretary. The colony of Van Diemen’s Land was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales, with its own judicial establishment and Legislative Council, in December 1825. Hobart Town was proclaimed a city on 21 August 1842, and was renamed as Hobart in 1875.

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On this day …….. 23rd May 1960

In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, commencing with the launch of an ABC station. Three years later his government amended the 1948 Broadcasting Act to allow for commercial television licences. Test transmissions commenced in Sydney and Melbourne in July 1956. Australia’s first TV broadcast was made on 16 September 1956 by TCN Channel 9 in Sydney. Melbourne was the next city to commence transmissions, which occurred later that year. Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide each launched their own television station in 1959. Tasmania was the last of the state capitals to begin transmissions. Four years after the first test transmissions in Australia, on 23 May 1960, TVT-6 launched in Hobart, bringing television to Tasmania. TVT stood for TeleVision Tasmania; at first, it transmitted from Mt Wellington, and covered just the southern part of the state.

On this day …….. 24th April 1804

The first cemetery in Tasmania

Hobart in Tasmania is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in Van Diemen’s Land in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of French explorers. On the 24th of April 1804, the first cemetery was established on Van Diemen’s Land. Named St David’s Cemetery, it has since been transformed into St David’s Park.

 

ON THIS DAY ……. 28th March 1853

For a wage, a man named Wright drunk two pints of rum at a Hobart public house on this day in 1853. He won the bet, but died shortly afterwards.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1815

Captain James Kelly, made his name circumnavigating Tasmania with a crew of four men in a five orated whaleboat. They set out from Hobart on the 12 of December 1815 and returned 49 days later on the 30th of January 1815. Kelly was a very large man and on one occasion he bet that his trousers would hold five bushels of wheat. He won the bet.

 

 

On this day …….. 30th of January 1815

Captain James Kelly, made his name circumnavigating Tasmania with a crew of four men in a five orated whaleboat. They set out from Hobart on the 12 of December 1815 and returned 49 days later on the 30th of January 1815. Kelly was a very large man and on one occasion he bet that his trousers would hold five bushels of wheat. He won the bet.

 

 

On This Day – January 5, 1975

The Tasman Bridge disaster occurred on this day, 5 January 1975, in Hobart when a bulk ore carrier, Lake Illawarra, travelling up the Derwent River collided with several pylons of the Tasman Bridge, causing a large section of the bridge deck to collapse onto the ship and into the river below. Twelve people were killed, including seven crew on board the ship, and the five occupants of four cars which fell 45 m (150 feet) after driving off the bridge. The disaster severed the main link between Hobart and its eastern suburbs.

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 …….. 21st of August 1842

Hobart Town, the main settlement in Van Diemen’s Land, is proclaimed a city.

Hobart is the capital city of Tasmania, Australia, and is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. It is Australia’s twelfth largest city. Hobart also serves as the home port for both Australian and French Antarctic operations.
The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of French explorers. A year later it was moved to its current location at Sullivan’s Cove. The name Hobart Town was adopted by the settlement in June 1804, after Lord Hobart the Colonial Secretary. The colony of Van Diemen’s Land was proclaimed a separate colony from New South Wales, with its own judicial establishment and Legislative Council, in December 1825. Hobart Town was proclaimed a city on 21 August 1842, and was renamed as Hobart in 1875.

Hobart Town, Van Diemen’s Land, proclaimed a city, Hobart, capital city of Tasmania, Australia, second oldest city in Australia, Sydney, Australian, French Antarctic operations, penal colony, Risdon Cove, Derwent River, French explorers, Sullivan’s Cove, Lord Hobart the Colonial Secretary

On this day …….. 23rd May 1960

In 1950, Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies announced a gradual introduction of television in Australia, commencing with the launch of an ABC station. Three years later his government amended the 1948 Broadcasting Act to allow for commercial television licences. Test transmissions commenced in Sydney and Melbourne in July 1956. Australia’s first TV broadcast was made on 16 September 1956 by TCN Channel 9 in Sydney. Melbourne was the next city to commence transmissions, which occurred later that year. Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide each launched their own television station in 1959. Tasmania was the last of the state capitals to begin transmissions. Four years after the first test transmissions in Australia, on 23 May 1960, TVT-6 launched in Hobart, bringing television to Tasmania. TVT stood for TeleVision Tasmania; at first, it transmitted from Mt Wellington, and covered just the southern part of the state.

On this day …….. 24th April 1804

The first cemetery in Tasmania

Hobart in Tasmania is the second oldest city in Australia, with Sydney being the oldest. The city began as a penal colony at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River in Van Diemen’s Land in 1803 to offset British concerns over the presence of French explorers. On the 24th of April 1804, the first cemetery was established on Van Diemen’s Land. Named St David’s Cemetery, it has since been transformed into St David’s Park.