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25 July - Australian History quickies

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Jul 24, 2014 7:02 pm

Today in Australian History.
25th July

3 Major events happened on this day in Australian History.
  • 1916 – Thomas Cooke died in the Battle of Pozières and was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in the face of the enemy.

    Thomas Cooke VC
    (5 July 1881 – 25 July 1916) was a New Zealand-born soldier who served in the Australian Army during the First World War. He was a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

    He fought in the Battle of Pozières on 24 to 25 July 1916. Seeking to consolidate the Australian positions around Pozières, Cooke, operating a Lewis gun, was sent forward with his assistants to secure an unsafe section of the line.

    He and his companions secured the area but was exposed to long range machinegun fire which soon accounted for all but Cooke.

    Even after running out of ammunition, he continued to man his post in the face of a German counter attack during which he was killed.

    For more Australian Victoria Cross Recipients

  • 1956 – The film A Town Like Alice premieres in Alice Springs. **see video below

    A Town Like Alice
    (United States title: The Legacy) is an economic development and romance novel by Nevil Shute, published in 1950 when Shute had newly settled in Australia.

    Jean Paget, a young Englishwoman, becomes romantically interested in a fellow prisoner of World War II in Malaya, and after liberation emigrates to Australia to be with him, where she attempts, by investing her substantial financial inheritance, to generate economic prosperity in a small outback community

    The novel was adapted to film in 1956 as A Town Like Alice. It starred Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, directed by Jack Lee. This film was known as Rape of Malaya in U.S. cinemas, and by various other titles in non-English-speaking countries.

    In 1981 it was adapted into a popular television miniseries called A Town Like Alice, starring Helen Morse and Bryan Brown (with Gordon Jackson as Noel Strachan). It was broadcast internationally, in the United States it was shown as part of the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre.

  • 1994 – Telephone numbers throughout Australia begin changing to eight digits.

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