Strange Moments In Australian History

Australia is a weird, weird place!

  1. As the New South Wales Premier was about to cut the ribbon to open the Sydney Harbour Bridge, a retired cavalry officer rode forward on a horse and cut the ribbon with his sword. The man was carted off to a mental hospital, and the opening went on.
  2. In 2005, Parliament House security guards were banned from addressing people as “mate”. The ban lasted just one day.
  3. Hundreds of female convicts once mooned the Governor.
  4. When some space debris from NASA’s Skylab crashed into the West Australian town of Esperance, the council charged the space agency $400 for littering. NASA has yet to pay.

NASA's Skylab space station

[NASA's Skylab space station]

  1. Until 1902, it was illegal to swim at Australia’s public beaches during daylight hours.
  2. Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has a place in the Guinness World Records for downing 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
  3. Australia’s first police force was made up of well-behaved convicts.
  4. Australia once went to war with emus. Spoiler alert: we lost.

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