CARAVANNERS CELEBRATING 2014
Susan and Keith Hall look forward to being part of some of this year’s biggest anniversaries as they travel across Australia.
There are lots of interesting anniversaries and celebrations coming up in 2014. We highly recommend you catch some of them by including places connected with anniversaries in your travel plans for the year. Here are some anniversaries that are taking place in 2014.
Voyage to Australia, 1814
Matthew Flinders died 200 years ago on July 19, 1814. The great navigator and cartographer was born in England, and was inspired by reading Robinson Crusoe as a child. In 1801 he sailed to Australia in command of the Investigator and circumnavigated the continent. He was also a strong advocate of the name "Australia". His journal, titled A Voyage To Terra Australis, still makes for interesting reading and is available as a free e-book. There are monuments to Flinders in many parts of the country, including Cape Leeuwin, WA, Mornington, Vic and Mt Lofty, SA.
Beloved Bush Poet, 1864
Banjo Paterson was born 150 years ago near Orange, NSW, on February 17, 1864. He wrote some of Australia’s most iconic bush poems, including The Man From Snowy River, The Geebung Polo Club and Clancy Of The Overflow. There are monuments to him in Orange, Cooma and Yass.
The War To End All Wars, 1914
Australia entered the First World War almost 100 years ago on August 1914. Thousands of Australian and New Zealand troops sailed out of the West Australian south coastal town of Albany on November 1, 1914. For many of these ANZACs, Albany was to be their last sight of Australia. There will be many commemorative events in Albany from 30 October to 2 November, 2014 .
Speed Record, 1964
Dumbleyung in Western Australia made world headlines 50 years ago on December 31, 1964, when the English speedster Donald Campbell set a new world water speed record in the tiny town. Driving his jet-powered speedboat Bluebird K7 across Lake Dumbleyung, Campbell achieved a speed of 444.17km/h. There are several memorials to his achievement around the town.
Cyclonic Devastation, 1974
Forty years ago on Christmas Eve and Christmas day in 1974, the city of Darwin was battered by Cyclone Tracy. The wind speed reached 217kmh before destroying the wind speed gauge. 65 people died in the disaster and about 70 per cent of Darwin’s homes were destroyed. All essential services were knocked out and the cost of the damage was estimated to be over $800 million.
And next time you ask "Are we there yet?" you may want to remember that 1974 was also the year that Australia introduced metric speed and distance for road signs. July 1 was designated M-day and almost every road sign in the country was switched over within one month.
YOUR SAY: What anniversaries are being celebrated in your part of Australia this year? Are you looking forward to any particular events?
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