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27 June - Australian History quickies

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Jun 27, 2013 10:29 am

Australian History
27th June


• 1861 - The journal of Australian explorer William Wills closes, shortly before his death.
• 1862 - Explorer John McDouall Stuart crosses the Roper River in northern Australia, where he finds excellent pastureland.
• 1863 – James McCulloch, the fifth Premier of Victoria, takes office.
• 1911 – The Royal Military College, Duntroon opened.
• 1949 – A coal strike involving 23,000 miners began. It lasted for seven weeks until Australian military forces were used to break the strike; the first time such a thing had happened in peace-time Australia.
• 1987 – Former federal Liberal Party leader Billy Snedden is found dead from a heart attack in a motel room.
• 2001 – The Intelligence Services Act 2001 introduced into Parliament, providing a legislative basis for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) and the Defence Signals Directorate (DSD), both of which had been previously established by executive order.
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