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It was 50 years ago today, on 28 January 1963, that 32 year-old Marcia Hathaway, an actress from Milsons Point on Sydney Harbour's North Shore, would become the last person to be killed by a shark in Sydney Harbour. The Monday of the Australia Day long weekend was a perfect day for Ms Hathaway to spend...
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On 18 January 1788, after 250 days at sea (incl. port calls at Tenerife, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town), HMS Supply under the command of Captain Arthur Phillip was the first vessel of the First Fleet to reach Botany Bay. Being a smaller and faster ship, Phillip had transferred to HMS Supply in order to...
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Not quite a record - "only" 42.3C were reached on Observatory Hill at 2.03pm today, remaining 3 degrees below the record temperature measured on 14 January 1939. Neither did it surpass the previous record from 13 January 1806, which stood at 42.5C. (Although this needs to be viewed with caution as in the Read more
7 January marks two events in Australian aviation history: Firstly, it was the birthday of Hudson Fysh (1895), one of the founders and managing director of the nation's official airline - QANTAS. Fysh was born in Launceston, TAS and died in the Sydney suburb of Paddington in 1974. The Sydney Morning Herald included Fysh in the...
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5 January 1823 - 190 years ago today - marks the death of another important figure in the early days of the young colony: Lieutenant George Johnston. Johnston, who was born in Annan/Scotland, came to New South Wales as an officer of the First Fleet. He served as adjutant to...
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