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Greek migrant Joachim Tavlaridis, later known as "Mick Adams" opened Australia's first milk bar in 24 Martin Place 80 years today. It was known as the "Black and White 4d Fruit Milk Bar". The first of its kind, it featured a bar counter with limited seats on one side and milkshake makers and soda pumps on...
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It wasn't until this day 109 years ago that Manly Council finally allowed daytime swimming. It had been local newspaper owner William Henry Gocher, who repeatedly defied existing rules, was arrested because of it and the resulting publicity those instances evoked, which finally led Manly Council to rescind its old by-law and pass a new one...
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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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