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On this day (Australia): In 1970, a portion of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapsed, killing 35 people

On 15 October 1970, a portion of the West Gate Bridge in Melbourne collapsed, killing 35 people. The West Gate Bridge is a steel box girder cable-stayed bridge in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, spanning the Yarra River just north of its mouth into Port Phillip. It is a vital link between the inner city (CBD) and Melbourne’s western suburbs, with the industrial suburbs in … Continue reading

On This Day In Australia: In 1851, the Victorian gold rush began near Ballarat

On 2 August 1851, gold was first discovered near Ballarat, Victoria, leading to the Victorian gold rush. The discovery of gold in the 1850s and 60s was the most significant event in the evolution of the state of Victoria. Fuelled by extravagant stories of wealth gained at the 1849 Californian gold rush, gold fever hit … Continue reading

Funding crisis for juvenile justice in Australia

The nation’s children’s court system is damaged, starved of resources and handing out sentences that vary widely depending on where children live. The first national study of the country’s children’s courts, based on hundreds of interviews with magistrates, other judicial officers and a range of stakeholders, has called for an overhaul of the system. The … Continue reading

December 3rd 1854 Eureka Stockade Australia

On December 3rd 1854, the Eureka Stockade, commonly seen as the birth of Australian democracy, took place. It was the result of built up dissatisfaction amongst miners in Australia. The stockade was built on Bakery Hill, in Ballarat, and was manned by 150 miners on December 3 when 276 police attacked, resulting in the deaths … Continue reading

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