1802 - Flinders and his crew fell over Port Lincoln, on the
southern end of what later became known as the Eyre Peninsula.
1815 - Rev. Samuel Marsden left NZ for Port Jackson in Oz bringing
with him chiefs Te Morenga and Te Pehi.
1817 - The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme
Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.
1820 - Governor Macquarie shot off an email but failing to
find an NBN connection he scratched out a letter to Earl Bathurst
regarding the surveyors Oxley and Meehan at Illawarra.
1828 - Alexander Stewart popped in to Illawarra as a convict,
where he was assigned to Edward Corrigan.
1830 - John Oxley was Hanged at Hobart for the murder of Susan
1838 - The 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into
1842 - A Native Police Force was established at Narre Warren with
25 Aborigines trained and under the command of Henry Dana, who
moved the force to the banks of Meri Creek the following month.
1842 - Muston's Creek Massacre took place; when six big brave white
men rode up on horseback and opened fire killing 4 Indigenous women
(1 who was pregnant) and a child, with a 5th severely wounded woman
1859 - Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini
popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.
1860 - William Meuct was a convict who was a little less than
lavish with his praise towards his prison guard at Geelong Gaol on
this day; silly Meuct was charged with being insolent and was given
24 hours in solitary confinement on bread and water.
1875 The SS Gothenburg struck Old Reef off Ayr, Queensland and sank
with the loss of 102 lives.
1876 - A deputation of Coranderrk Aborigines led by (William)
Beruk Barak travelled to Melbourne to call on the Colonial
Secretary to request Superintendant Green's reinstatement.
They were unsuccessful.
1888 - Louisville, Kentucky, became the first government in US
to adopt Australian ballot (i.e. secret ballot on standard voting
1896 - Victoria was all out for 43 vs South Australia, Jones 6-15,
It's a cricket thing.
1905 - Fanny Cochrane Smith, a Tasmanian Aborigine famous for the
recordings of her language and songs, died on this day.
1908 - A confused and troubled soul going by the name
of Benjamin Harvey did a bunk from the Ararat Asylum,
Victoria, dressed only in his shirt.
Whilst on the run Harvey called at a farm where he asked if he
might sharpen some knives on the grindstone. Harvey explained that
he had escaped from the Ballarat Gaol, where he had nearly killed a
warder by kicking him. He also told them he knew that the police
were pursuing him, but that he did not intend to be caught alive
and would need his three butchers knives.
The intrepid Victo...