On this day ………… 15th February 1929

Mr Robinson had a close shave when he fell overboard from a yacht off Smoky Cape, NSW on this day 1929. Another crew member saw him go over, but by the time the yacht was brought round, Robertson was almost a kilometre astern. The occupants of the yacht could not see him, but Robertson was saved by a flock of seagulls which sighted him and hovered over his head, giving the yacht an indication of his location. Robertson was in the water for more than half an hour before he was fished out.



On this day ………… 14th February 1948

On this day in 1948, lightweight boxer Mickey Davis knocked himself out in a fight with Tommy Smith at Newcastle, NSW, when he missed his opponent with a wild right, toppled over, and hit the canvas with his head. He was still unconscious when his second dragged him back to his corner. The referee could noted lair Smith the winner because he had not sent Davis to the canvas. Neither could he declare the bout no fight because the men had keenly fought for six rounds. In the end he declared it a no decision fight.



On this day ………… 7th February 1906

A 14 year old mail boy employed on a rural postal run in the Forbes district of NSW had a narrow escape from drowning in a large water tank on this day in 1906. He led his horse, which was attached to a sulky, to a tank. Instead of drinking, the animal plunged in and began to swim pulling the sulky into the water. The boy climbed into the sulky, pulling the reins, impeding it’s movements, with the result that the animal was drowned. The boy could not swim, but saved himself by sitting on the floating animal for seven hours, until travellers came along and rescued him.



The Cowra breakout occurred on 5 August 1944, when at least 1,104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of World War II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the ensuing manhunt, 4 Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed. The remaining escapees were captured and imprisoned.

On this day …….. 3rd of January 1989

Dolphins saved a boys life as a large shark moved in for the kill on the 3rd of January 1989. They chased off the 3.5 metre long tiger shark as it approached the hopeless teenager surfer Adam McGuire. The shark had already attacked Adam twice as he surfed off Evans Head, near Ballina, NSW. First it tore a huge chunk out of this surfboard, plunging Adam into the sea. Then it struck again and ripped his stomach, leaving a 30cm wide gash. Despite his wounds, Adam managed to swim ashore with the help of two friends as the dolphins attacked the shark. Adam survived.


On this day …….. 3rd of January 1962

On this day in 1962, Victoria and NSW were connected with a standard gauge rail connection. For over 100 years trains stopped at the Albury NSW, and passengers and goods were moved to a different train. The first Goods train from Sydney arrived in Melbourne on this day.


On this day …….. 19th of December 1964

Town relocated

The town of Jindabyne in NSW, resulted from the earliest settlements in Australia’s Snowy Mountains. It is thought to have come about after the Pendergast brothers, sons of an ex-convict, arrived in the area possibly as early as the 1820s. Sheep farming, wheat and a flour mill gave the town its first start, and more impetus came with the goldrush of the high country, in 1859-1860. It is believed that as new settlers arrived in the district, the town sprang up around a popular crossing of the Snowy River. A general store and post office was established in 1862, followed by a school in 1882 and a police station in 1883. Rainbow trout were released into the Snowy River in 1884, starting the popular tradition of trout fishing in the area.

The construction of new buildings in Jindabyne was banned by the Australian Government in 1960, when it was announced that the town, together with the nearby town of Adaminaby, would be flooded to create Jindabyne Lake, a dam that would feed the proposed Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme. Between 1962 and 1964, Jindabyne and Adaminaby were gradually relocated onto higher ground. On this day the 19th of December 1964, “new Jindabyne” was officially opened by Sir Eric Woodward, the Governor of NSW. The dam was completed in 1967, and thousands of hectares of land flooded.