Monthly Archives: October 2012

The date was 24 October 1889. The place was Tenterfield, a small town in Northern NSW. The protagonist was New South Wales Premier and Colonial Secretary Henry Parkes. Following a banquet in his honour, Parkes delivered a speech, which later would be remembered as "The Tenterfield Oration". In it he picked up on two main and...
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After 14 years of construction the Sydney Opera House was formally opened by Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on 20 October 1973. The ceremony included a performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, as well as a fireworks display. The Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, was neither invited nor even mentioned at all, due to an earlier falling...
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214 years ago today Matthew Flinders & George Bass embarked on a special journey: They were to prove that Van Diemen's Land was actually an island. Discovered 150 years earlier by Dutch seafarer Abel Tasman and named after his patron, the Colonial Governor of East India, Antonius Van Diemen, it had originally be thought to be...
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