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11 February - 2 Australian History quickies

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Feb 09, 2014 8:45 pm

Australian History quickies
11 February

3 Major events in Australian History Today.
  • 1851 – Tasmania plays Victoria
    in the first intercolonial cricket match.

    Intercolonial cricket in Australia was the name used to describe first-class cricket matches played between the various colonies of Australia prior to federation in 1901.

    The match finally commenced on 11 February 1851 at the Launceston Racecourse, later to become the Northern Tasmania Cricket Association Ground.

    The first ball was bowled (underarm) by William Henty for the Launcestonians, to Duncan Cooper of Port Phillip. About 2500 people watched the locals win the match by three wickets.

  • 1986 – Joan Child became
    the first woman to hold the post of Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives.

    Joan Child, AO (3 August 1921, Yackandandah, Victoria, – 23 February 2013, (aged 91) Melbourne, Victoria) was an Australian politician.

    Up until the election of Anna Burke on 9 October 2012, she was the only female Speaker of the lower house.

    Ms Child was named an officer of the Order of Australia for her services to the Australia Parliament in 1990.
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