1777 - Capt. James Cook anchored the Resolution in Adventure Bay
on his third southern expedition.
1788 - Playing tiggy is not the best thing for explorers hell bent
on taking over the world as Jean La Perouse found when he popped
into Botany Bay only to find Governor Phillip had pipped him at the
post by 6 days.
1807 - John Kenny was Hanged and gibbetted at the scene of the
crime in Parramatta for the murder of Mary Smith.
1807 - The first ship built in the colony by merchant Robert
Campbell, the Perseverance, was launched at his shipyard on Sydney
Cove. It sailed for China via Norfolk Island on 9th February.
1817 - Tinny bugger John Oxley got the lucky door prize of the
first land grants in the Illawarra District. If he'd hung around
he'd have seen Wollongong park itself on his bush block.
1822 - Macquarie visited the Native Village on the Richmond Road at
Black Town on a tour of inspection with his successor governor, Sir
1828 - Governor Darling decided to pull the plug on the Sullivan
Bay settlement at Westernport Bay so he sent the schooner - that's
a ship not an Aussie beer glass size - to collect everyone.
1856 - Finally, something for those with small man syndrome to
occupy themselves...the South Australian Jockey Club was
1862 - Kewacan (Larry) was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the
murder of Charles Storey at Jacup.
1862 - Long Jimmy was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of
Charles Storey at Jacup .
1865 - The Confederate ship CSS Shenandoah steamed into Port
1865 - The SS Star of Australia left Sydney for Rockhampton and is
never heard of again. 17 lives were lost.
1867 - The Illustrated Melbourne Post published a wood engraving
by Samuel Calvert, titled "The aboriginal cricket match on the
M.C.C. ground" with the following descrption,
A rare sight in 19th-century Melbourne - an Aboriginal cricket
match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
1871 - The Plantagenet Road Board (WA) was gazetted on
1883 - The bloke in charge of the native police in Cloncurry, Qld,
Marcus de la Poer Beresford (try saying that mouthful with your
back teeth floating in beer and no teeth in at all) and 4 police
were ambushed and killed by Aborigines which caused more than a
year of battles.
1895 - The first electric light illuminated Ballarat streets.
1903 - Kalgoorlie finally got a drop to wash their smalls (and
bloodstains) when the 352 mile water pipeline opened.
1908 The Eastern Suburbs Rugby League Football Club, now known as
the Sydney Roosters, are formed at Paddington Town Hall.
1916 - John Jackson was Hanged at Melbourne Gaol for the murder of