• Arrivals
  • 1797 The "Britannia" arrived at Port Jackson with 177 Irish convicts, 11 died on the voyage
  • 1920 The HMS "Renown" arrived in Melbourne with the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) aboard to begin a tour of all states
  • Births and Birthdays
  • 1815 Australian Statesman, Sir Henry Parkes, was born at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England
  • 1957 Marathon runner and record holder, Robert de Costella, was born in Melbourne
  • Communication
  • 1864 The newspaper "Punch" began publication in Sydney
  • Deaths and Funerals
  • 1836 Elizabeth Ruse (nee Parry) wife of Australia's first farmer died. As Elizabeth Parry, she was the first woman to receive a free pardon for a London offense
  • 1910 Founder of the first medical school in Australia, George Halford, died at Inverlock, Victoria
  • 1951 Australia's most distinguished military officer, Sir Thomas Blamey, died, aged 77. He was the only Australia to reach the rank of Field Marshal
  • 1971 John Goffage (Chips Rafferty) the Australian movie actor, died in Sydney aged 62
  • 1999 Former New South Wales Governor, Air Marshal Sir James Rowland, died age 76
  • Events
  • 1972 As a protest against continuation of French nuclear tests in the Pacific, the ACTU placed a black ban on all French ships and aircraft
  • Government, Politics and Unions
  • 1965 First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, left Sydney for active duty in Vietnam
  • 1967 The ending of constitutional discrimination against Aboriginal people was approved by a massive 90.8% referendum vote
  • Immigration
  • 1999 Another 78 illegal immigrants landed in Australia, but this time amidst crocodile infested swamps and wild pigs near Cape York. Thirty-one were captured allowing the rest to take their chances in the wild, but they later surrendered
  • Law
  • 1992 A District Court Jury awarded a woman $85,000 in NSW's first damages claim by a person alleging injury through passive smoking in the work place
  • 1998 James Spigelman became the 16th Chief Justice of New South Wales
  • Transportation
  • 1869 The railway service between Sydney and Goulburn was opened
  • 1998 Seventeen tourists were injured when an Ansett Australian Boeing 747 struck severe turbulence on a flight from Japan to Brisbane