This Month In Australian History

This Month In Australian History

Wow! It’s November already! How time flies when you’re having adventures around the world.

Today at Ozzies Abroad we take a quick glance at the big events this month in Australian history. Get in touch with your routes and become the most knowledgable bunch of Aussies abroad. Australia has a very interesting history that’s not fully immortalized in popular film and books as other countries. So, it’s up to us to spread the knowledge about our country and culture. we have many great stories that you can share with your friends overseas.

This month in Australian history is November.

The Hanging Of Ned Kelly

Ned kelly was a famous Australian outlaw, also known as bushrangers.

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Good Onya Ned!

Ned Kelly is famous for wearing a bullerproof armour during his final shoot out with police. Kelly and his gang, known as “the kelly gang”, had numerous run ins with the law whilst growing up in rural Victoria. A confrontation with the police that led to his mothers arrest saw Kelly escape and elude police for over two years.

The Kelly gang robbed banks and burnt mortgage papers for the rural poor. He had many sympathizers and when eventually caught and sentenced to death by hanging, thousands of supporters signed petitions and attended rallies for his release. Kelly was hung on November 11, 1880 at 25 years old, his famous last words were “such is life”.

Ned Kelly remains a cultural icon to this day. Some regard him as a villian and others as Australia’s Robin Hood.

Sounds like a Aussie legend to me. Wish he burnt my mortgage papers.

Interesting Film Facts Regarding Ned Kelly.

  • Mick jagger played Ned Kelly in the 1970 film “Ned Kelly”
  • Heath Ledger played Kelly in 2003, co-staring Orlando Bloom in another film called “Ned Kelly”.
  • Charles Tait’s 1906 film, “The Story Of Ned Kelly”, was the worlds first full length feature film.

Melbourne Olympic Games

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The city formally known as Batmania, hosted the Olympic Games in 1956. Melbourne won the bid to host over Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Montreal. The flame arrived in Melbourne on November 22, 1956.

Australia did’nt fare too badly either, we came third in the medal count behind the Soviet Union and the United States. Proudly, the Melbourne Olympics started the tradition of athletes from different nations being allowed to parade together at the closing ceremony, as a symbol of world unity.

The Melbourne Olympic Games went smoothly and became affectionately known as the “friendly games”. Good one Aussies!

First World War Ended

The First World War or “Great war” was supposed to be finished by Christmas. However it dragged on between August 1914 when Britain declared war on Germany and finally ended November 1918.

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Australians greeted the war with enthusiasm and many young men volunteered for what they thought would be the adventure of a lifetime. Australia at the time had a population of fewer than 5 million people and over 400,000 men enlisted. The casualties and losses were huge with 60,000 men killed and over 156,00 wounded.

We served as the Anzacs at Gallipoli and in Europe on the western front and also in the Middle East.

Australian women vulunteered as cooks, nurses, drivers, amunitions workers & skilled farmers. Nurses working overseas in dangerous conditions served in Egypt, France, Greece and India.

Germany finally surended on 11 November 1918.

Golden Grove & Fishburn

You may wonder what on earth Golden Grove and Fishburn are, they were storage ships that were apart of the 11 ship armada, the First Fleet. The First Fleet brought the first settlers and convicts to Botany Bay in January 1788.

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Arrival of the First Fleet

Botany Bay is where the runway for Sydney Airport is, so fittingly it is still and entry point for Australia.

They were the last two ships from First fleet to leave our shores on November 19, 1788. They left together but lost sight of each other April 11, 1789. The Golden grove sailed on and served in the Mediterranean and Baltic sea until 1813. The Sydney suburbs of Newtown and Camperdown used to be part of a larger suburb named after the ship. The Fishburn eventually made it back to England but the fate of the ship is unknown.

There You have It

A nice quick read on our history. Now you are wiser and more Australian. So get out there and share our stories with your friends. It’s all about bragging rights! If you wish to add more facts about our history then get vocal in the comments below.

Check out what’s happened in December.

See ya!


4 Replies to “This Month In Australian History”

  1. Ned Kelly definitely sounds like Australia’s Robin Hood. Your “Wish he burnt my mortgage papers” got me laughing so hard. It is really sad that many young Australians saw World War I as a lifetime opportunity. War is the worst experience anyone could live through and the losses were insanely huge. Being born in Greece, I know how important history is and it is always nice to learn about another country’s history.

  2. I always like to read history of different countries. Honestly I am not much familiar with Australian history, so it was a great overview to read. I did not know that Australia had a third place in Olympic Games in 1956 which took place in Melbourne!
    It was interesting to read and watch the video about Australian ‘Robin Good’ Ned Kelly. By the way who do you think he was for the Australian history? He was definitely a criminal though he was helping poor people. Do you think he deserved to be hanged?

    1. Hi Anna, I think he is an Australian icon that fought against the system and authority the only was he knew how. Thanks for your comment.

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