After a journey of over 250 days and more than 24,000 kms, HMS Supply became the first ship from the First Fleet to arrive in Botany Bay.A crew of 55 men called this 24 m long ship home during the dangerous and arduous journey to Australia. HMS Supply then became the colony’s link with Norfolk Island and was sent to Batavia in 1790 on a five month journey for supplies.We owe a debt of gratitude to the courageous men who made this voyage and became the very first to help build our nation.
Also OTD:- 1562: The Council of Trent reconvened after 10 years as a counter-revolution against the Protestant revolt in Europe. Unfortunately, Christian unity was never restored, paving the way for nationalism and eventually the horrors of a great civil war – World War One.-
1919: The Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the victorious allied nations. It aimed to punish Germany for World War One but was largely responsible for setting in the stone the conditions for World War Two
.- 1942: LTCOL Charles Anderson commanded the 2/19 Battalion over four days of intense fighting against Japanese forces at Muar River, Malaya, and was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross.-
1977: 83 people died in Australia’s worst train disaster at Granville, Sydney.