On this day …….. 27th of October 1872

When Mrs Gomerson of Burrangong, New South Wales, broke open an egg to fry on this day in 1872, she discovered an entire but slightly rusted needle in the centre of the yolk. There where no sign of entry in the eggshell and the content were fresh, but the portion around the needle was a little discoloured.


On this day …….. 21st of October 1941

On this day in 1941, a quick thinking fisherman saved a man Oliver Davis from drowning in Lake Macquarie, NSW. Fishing at Speers Point when he noticed a 35 year old man in trouble. With his first cast, the angler hooked the man and carefully reeled him to shore.


On this day …….. 19th of October 1872

The gold mining town of Hill End in New South Wales today is almost a ghost town. Alluvial gold was discovered at Hill End in 1851 and within a month, there were were 150 miners working the area. The Hill End goldfield was one of the richest gold mining areas in NSW, and the first reef mining area in Australia. The Beyers and Holtermann nugget, the largest single piece of reef gold ever discovered in the world, was found by workers at the Star of Hope Gold Mining Co on Hawkins Hill, on 19 October 1872. It weighed about 286kg, measured 150cm by 66cm, and was worth at least £12,000 at the time.


On this day …….. 12th of October 1918

The Magic Pudding is a novel by artist and writer Norman Lindsay, who was known for his unusual and creative approach. Norman Alfred William Lindsay was born on 22 February 1879 in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. He was a skilled artist, and his paintings were controversial for their time, concentrating on nudes, often incorporating pagan themes of gods and goddesses, nymphs and satyrs, in an Australian bush setting. Much of his work, which includes watercolours, lithographs, and etchings, can be found at his former home at Faulconbridge, New South Wales, now the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum. As well as his prolific output of paintings, Lindsay was a writer who completed eleven novels between 1913 and 1950. His best known work is possibly “The Magic Pudding”, first published on 12 October 1918. “The Magic Pudding” is a children’s classic about a sarcastic and bad-tempered walking, talking pudding that can be whatever food it wants to be, and eaten without ever running out. The story was originally written by Lindsay as a means to take his mind off World War I and the tragic loss of his brother at the Somme. The storyline itself was the result of an argument between Lindsay and another writer, Bertram Stevens. Stevens was convinced that children were drawn to stories about fairies: Lindsay believed that food was the drawcard. The ultimate success of Linday’s novel would suggest that he was correct. Despite Lindsay’s own criticism of it, calling it a ‘little bundle of piffle’, “The Magic Pudding” went on to become an Australian classic, enduring for many generations beyond Lindsay’s lifetime.


On this day …….. 11th of October 1944

While on a train bound for Frankston, Victoria, on this day in 1944, a New South Wales Army Sergeant Hugh Cameron struck up a conversation with a female passenger. During the exchange he remarked that he knew no one in the state and found camp life lonely. Mrs S.A Wilson of Queen St, Mornington, Victoria befriended Cameron and invited him home. Chatting about their familes, Mrs Wilson found that Hugh Cameron was the son of a sister she had not heard of for 36 years and had presumed dead. Sergeant Hugh Cameron was attached to and army unit in the Mornington area and had no idea he had relatives there.


On this day …….. 5th of October 1923

During a wood chopping contest at Valla, New South Wales, on this day in 1923, Stanley Appleby accidentally cut off his leg. He chopped through on side of a 30cm block, and jumped round to deliver a stroke, he slipped and the axe struck his leg between the knee and ankle, almost severing the limb. Appleby survived a 30km dash to hospital, which included being rowed across a river.


On this day …….. 4th of October 1937

On the way from Casino to Byron Bay, New South Wales, on this day in 1937 the 10th Prime Minister of Australia Joseph Lyons had his third escape from accident on his election tour. Near Bangalow a car swung wide on a bend, and Mr. Lyons’s car almost went over an embankment.


On this day …….. 3rd of October 1950

Arthur Walder from Narromine in New South Wales, was accidentally shot by his own dog while rabbit shooting on thus day in 1950. Walder, 23 was sitting in his parked truck 10km from town, when his dog jumped into the cabin and hit the trigger of his .22 riffle with his paw, firing it into Walder’s chest. Lucky for Walder’ his father was with him and was able to drive him to hospital, where he was flown to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.


On this day …….. 1st of October 1973

Ray Selkrig had a successful career as a jockey, but he will always be remembered for one race. Selkrig was riding Hot Chestnut at Kembla Grange, New South Wales, on this day in 1973 and was ahead by several length close to the finish line, when the horse was spooked by a patch on the ground, threw it’s rider out of the saddle. Selkrig clung to the reins and was dragged over the finish line by the horse. After an hour long enquiry, Selkrig was awarded the win. It was decided that the horse had carried it’s weight over the finish line.


On this day …….. 30th September 1939

Strange scenes were witnessed at Victoria Dock, when interstate buyers were so eager to secure pedigreed stud sheep that reached Melbourne from oversea that they wanted an auction sale on the wharf. This effort failed, but a sale was held in the city half an hour after the sheep were unloaded, and the first of them were sold before the sheep reached quarantine less than a mile from the dock. The consignment was brought to Australia by Mr. W. R. Ross, and was due in Melbourne nearly a fortnight earlier. Breeders from New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria stormed the ship. A Dorset Horn that won the championship at the centennial English show was sold to a New South Wales breeder for 250 guineas.



On this day …….. 30th September 1813

The coins “holey dollar” and “dump” were created by punching the centre out of Spanish dollars. The external circle was the “holey dollar” and the punched-out inner circle was the “dump”. They were only ever used in New South Wales, Australia, and on Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 1813, Governor Lachlan Macquarie faced the problem of currency shortages in the young colony of New South Wales. When the British Government sent £10,000 worth of Spanish dollars (40,000 Spanish dollars) to New South Wales, Maquarie took the initiative to create “holey dollars” and “dumps”. The dumps were assigned a value of 15 pence and were restruck with a crown on the obverse side and the denomination on the reverse. The dollars were worth 5 shillings, and were stamped with “New South Wales 1813” around the hole. The coins were released on 30 September 1813. The holey dollar became the first official currency produced specifically for circulation in Australia. The coins were replaced by sterling coinage from 1822.

On this day …….. 29th September 1940

On 29 September 1940, a mid-air collision occurred over Brocklesby, New South Wales, Australia. The accident was unusual in that the aircraft involved, two Avro Ansons of No. 2 Service Flying Training School RAAF, remained locked together after colliding, and then landed safely. The collision stopped the engines of the upper Anson, but those of the machine underneath continued to run, allowing the pair of aircraft to keep flying. Both navigators and the pilot of the lower Anson bailed out. The pilot of the upper Anson found that he was able to control the interlocked aircraft with his ailerons and flaps, and made an emergency landing in a nearby paddock. All four crewmen survived the incident, and the upper Anson was repaired and returned to flight service. The Ansons were at an altitude of 1,000 feet (300 metres) over the township of Brocklesby, near Albury, when they made a banking turn. Fuller lost sight of Hewson’s aircraft beneath him and the two Ansons collided amid what Fuller later described as a “grinding crash and a bang as roaring propellors struck each other and bit into the engine cowlings”. The aircraft remained jammed together, the lower Anson’s turret wedged into the other’s port wing root, and its fin and rudder balancing the upper Anson’s port tailplane. Both of the upper aircraft’s engines had been knocked out in the collision but those of the one below continued to turn at full power as the interlocked Ansons began to slowly circle. Fuller described the “freak combination” as “lumping along like a brick”. He nevertheless found that he was able to control the piggybacking pair of aircraft with his ailerons and flaps, and began searching for a place to land. The two navigators, Sinclair and Fraser, bailed out, followed soon after by the lower Anson’s pilot, Hewson, whose back had been injured when the spinning blades of the other aircraft sliced through his fuselage. Fuller travelled five miles (eight kilometres) after the collision, then successfully made an emergency pancake landing in a large paddock 6 kilometres (4 mi) south-west of Brocklesby. The locked aircraft slid 180 metres (200 yards) across the grass before coming to rest. As far as Fuller was concerned, the touchdown was better than any he had made when practising circuits and bumps at Forest Hill airfield the previous day. His acting commanding officer, Squadron Leader Cooper, declared the choice of improvised runway “perfect”, and the landing itself as a “wonderful effort”. The RAAF’s Inspector of Air Accidents, Group Captain Arthur “Spud” Murphy, flew straight to the scene from Air Force Headquarters in Melbourne, accompanied by his deputy Henry Winneke. Fuller told Murphy:

“Well, sir, I did everything we’ve been told to do in a forced landing—land as close as possible to habitation or a farmhouse and, if possible, land into the wind. I did all that. There’s the farmhouse, and I did a couple of circuits and landed into the wind. She was pretty heavy on the controls, though!”