Great Meeting of Gold Diggers - Mt Alexander Goldfields near Bendigo - 15th December 1851
Account of the Meeting of Gold Diggers, on 15th December 1851 Mt Alexander Goldfields near Bendigo. Contemporary newspapers reported an estimated 40,000 diggers attended travelling from up to 20 miles away.
Historic Event - Intercolonial Fire Brigade Competition, at Prince Alfred Park Sydney - November 1881
In November 1881, the Intercolonial Fire Brigade Competition, held at Prince Alfred Park Sydney, saw 29 brigades from around the colonial compete in a 8 events held over two days.
Historic Event - The Turning of the Turf of the First Australian Railway - Sydney 3 July 1850
An event of historic significance - the Turning of the Turf of the First Australian Railway, at Sydney, New South Wales - by the Hon. Mrs. Keith Stewart, daughter of His Excellency Sir Charles Augustus FitzRoy, Governor (3rd July 1850)
Historic Event - The Arrival of the Missionary Ship "John Williams" at Hobson's Bay on 19 August 1866
During the week that the missionary Society's ship the "John Williams" stayed in port at Hobson's Bay in June 1866, it is estimated that approximately 5000 people visited her to mark her Majesty's birthday.
The Riots at Lambing Flat 1861
It was in the year 1861 that the events known in the history of New South Wales as the Lambing Flat Riots happened. It was an occurrence which is interesting on account of its being the only time when a large body of men in this colony went into open rebellion against the Government.
1867 The Year of the Floods in New South Wales
The year was 1867, the year that the greatest floods of record hit New South Wales. From April reports started to filter in of devastating floods throughout the state. The worst were to occur in June 1867 in the Hunter (Maitland and Newcastle), the Hawkesbury (Penrith, Windsor, Richmond, North Richmond, St Marys, Riverstone, Pitt Town, Cattai, and Sackville), the Blue Mountains (Bathurst), and in the Mudgee Region (Burrandong), which accompanied great loss of property and life. Following are…
The Loss of the Cataraque 1845
The story of one of Australia's worst maritime disaster. Of the 411 souls on board 402 were lost, only nine persons saved. The loss of the emigrant ship Catarque was the subject of British Parliamentary Discussions (House of Commons) and resulted in many lifesaving changes made to the Australian Coast, in particular the building of light-houses in the Bass Strait. Following is an account from a survivor, Mr. Guthrie, Chief Officer of the Cataraque, along with a list of all people on board…
Mother's Day - First Celebration in Australia - The White Carnation - 19th June 1910
Mother's Day in Australia was first celebrated on 19th June 1910. Read about the effort to introduce Mother's Day to Australia and about some of the celebrations which took place on this first Australian Mother's Day.
Winchcombe, Carson, & Co.'s Wool Stores, Pyrmont, Sydney 1895
Read about the official opening of the additions to the wool stores in Wattle-street, Pyrmont in 1894 - Picture of Winchcombe, Carson, & Co.'s Wool Show Room, Pyrmont, Sydney 1895