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WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 OPINION 47 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA DAILYTELEGRAPH.COM.AU WEDNESDAY JANUARY 13 2021 71 V2 - TELE01Z01MA 532 The Nika riots breakout in Constantinople, starting at a chariot race when citizens angry at emperor Justinian begin a path of destruction across the city 1898 French authorEmile Zola publishes an open letter in the newspaper LAurore denouncing the French general staff for its role in the 1894 treason conviction of Jewish French army officer Alfred Dreyfus 1923 Boy Charltonbreaks the 880 yards freestyle swimming record, clocking 11:05.2 in Sydney at the NSW championships. He takes 19 seconds off the world record 1981 Sydney police trapGregory McHardie trying to collect the Woolworths ransom in the water at Taronga Park wharf. 2001 About 800people are killed when an earthquake strikes San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador. Many thousands are left homeless 2008 Kayakers JamesCastrission, 25, and Justin Jones, 24, arrive in New Zealand 62 days after leaving Australia to cross the Tasman Sea 2009 PioneerAustralian aviator Nancy-Bird Walton dies in her Mosman home 2012 The luxury linerCosta Concordia hits a reef before sinking off the Italian island of Giglio 2018 A false emergencywarning of an impending ballistic missile strike is accidentally sent out across Hawaii. Human error, insufficient controls and a computer glitch are blamed 2020 The Queen givesher blessing for her grandson, Prince Harry, and wife Meghan to step back from royal duties 2012 REMEMBER WHEN My first visit to the big smoke Tell us your story: Write to the History Editor, 2 Holt St, Surry Hills, NSW 2010 MY first trip to Sydney was in 1949. I had been selected in the school swimming team to compete at the NSW titles. I was a bit surprised because my swimming ability came from throwing a stick into the local pit dam and when my dog jumped in to recover it I would grab his collar and allow him to tow me out to get it, then back to the bank again. I also admit I watched a large number of Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, which helped. Another problem I had was I did not own a costume. Kids who swam in the dam swam nude. So I asked my sister, who swam with the local club, if I could borrow her Speedos. She agreed. Problem solved. The journey to Sydney (from Cessnock) in the train was an experience. I had never travelled this far from home. When we arrived at Central Station my head was spinning, there was so much going on. I was introduced to my billet, my host during the stay in the city. Then it was off to his home in Sans Souci. After meeting his parents, being shown my room and having lunch, all I wanted was sleep but my billet had other plans. We went back into town to a radio station, to be in the audience for the show Rumpus Room, hosted by Howard Craven. I sat enthralled as young artists performed. Apparently, whenever a guest came they were required to perform for the audience. I said I would recite a poem, the only one I knew called I was a Pirate once and away I went, not missing a line. The applause did much for my confidence, but was also the end of my entertainment career. By the time we arrived back at my hosts home, I was more than ready for bed, which was good because I slept well despite the constant sound of aircraft above. Our destination in the morning was the North Sydney Olympic pool. Its location, next to the Harbour and Luna Park, and near the bridge, blew me away. The thought of so many Olympic champions performing here was inspirational. At the end of the Phil Baird in Sydney, 1949 day, all in our team agreed their visit had been a marvellous experience. On my way home I reflected on my first visit to the Big Smoke and vowed Id make the trip again. PHIL BAIRD farm. It was no easy existence and it was made tougher for young Joh Bjelke-Petersen when, at nine, he contracted polio, leaving him with a permanent limp. But he was a strongwilled boy who never shirked his chores and after recovering he was back at work before and after school, helping his parents. When his father bought another farm to help feed his herd of dairy cows, it put the family deeper in debt. At 13 or 14 Bjelke-Petersen quit school to work full-time on his parents farm. Bjelke-Petersen was a regular churchgoer at the Lutheran Church in Kingaroy, and an avid Bible reader who taught Sunday school classes. He was always looking for ways to better himself, taking correspondence courses and joining a local debating society. He also had an eye on a relatively new crop in Queensland, peanuts. He had some ideas about growing peanuts, clearing some land on the family property to plant the crop and, at 22, getting a loan for a tractor. To help fund his farm he took work clearing land for other farmers, developing his own methods and building up more farming equipment. To make his peanut business more profitable he looked at ways of improving various parts of the process. He developed better methods for harvesting the nuts and created a device that could sow them in their shells. He later sold the patent to the Sunshine Harvester company. Fascinated by technology he pioneered the use of aircraft for aerial crop-spraying and grass seeding, investing in a plane and gaining a pilots licence to run a cropdusting business although it was not a very successful venture. During World War II he was exempt from service because of his limp, but over the course of the war he developed an interest in politics, joining the Country Party. In 1944 he started a campaign to oust the Country Partys sitting member for Nanango, James Edwards, holding a party vote to gain endorsement as a candidate for the seat in the elections that year. It was unsuccessful. Instead he stood, successfully, in 1946 for the Kingaroy Shire Council and developed a profile that helped gain him endorsement as a candidate for Nanango at the 1947 elections. He won the election and entered parliament. At the 1950 election Nanango was replaced by the electorate of Berambah, which became Johs new seat and which he held for the next 40 years. Within the corridors of power he met the lovely Florence Gilmour, reserved typist working for the Queensland Commissioner for Main Roads. He asked her to come to watch parliament and maybe to go to dinner. Two years later they married. She would prove to be a political asset and later entered politics as a senator. Bjelke-Petersen served in several ministerial portfolios before finally becoming premier in August 1968. He stayed in the job until December 1987, but spent most of his last year in the job campaigning to be prime minister, despite not belonging to a federal party. After fighting charges of perjury in court in 1991-92, let off when the jury couldnt reach a verdict, he spent his last years battling progressive supranuclear palsy, and died in 2005. In the early years of the 20th century, the name Bjelke-Petersen became famous for physical education. ChristianBjelke-Petersen, who had migrated to Australia from Denmark in 1891, founded theBjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture in 1907. The exercise regimen he designed, known as physie, became enormously popular around the country. But in the second half of the 20th century it was a nephew named Johannes who made the family name even more famous, or perhaps infamous. Johannes, known as Joh, was Queenslands longest-serving premier, holding office from 1968-87. A colourful and often controversial politician he presided over a booming state, holding on to power as head of the Country Party (later the Nationals) with the help of some creative redrawing of electoral boundaries and a bit of cronyism. His career ended in ignominy over corruption in his government. But he was a bright and promising youngster. He was born Johannes BjelkePetersen on January 13, 1911, in Dannevirke, a town founded by Scandinavian immigrants. His father Carl Georg (known as George), a Lutheran preacher and schoolteacher, resigned his post due to ill health in 1913 and took his family to the sunnier climate of Queensland. George and his wife Maren (who he had met in Queensland) bought a property at Kingaroy and established a Future premier began working for peanuts TROY LENNON Joh Bjelke-Petersen with his machine for sowing peanuts and (below) asa child with his pony Princess. 1911 Cricketing behaviour goes beyond spectator reaction. The onfield actions of players, particularly those playing at top level, is ever more disgusting. Sledging is epidemic. Fist pumping, gesturing dismissed players toward the sheds and the silent but vigorous mouthing of jubilant expletives when a batsman is dismissed, are all actions well beyond respectability. Sadly, these actions are seen and copied by those who regard these cricketers as their heroes. The issue is one that needs to be immediately addressed. Follower of 60 years Perhaps its the fact that the feds collect the tax that is responsible for it propping up the NT. What about the $100 million per year propping up the fossil fuel industry? Couple of yrs ago Morrison was telling everyone in ear shot that the gobbling gunner government was the worst performing anywhere in Aus, now they seem to have a bromance, Morrison talking gunner up and vice versa. Its all about how many more people can be crammed into Howard springs quarantine for Morrison and of alcohol and this reputation sells the town short. Past Visitor Sitting in the Fabulous Roma cafe today I waited for my order and watched two well dressed men a similar age , late 50s,receive their meal. They did not look at the waitress nor say Thankyou .. then left leaving chairs out and knives and forks apart. unbelievable. Call me old fashioned but What ever happened to manners!!!! We all deserve respect. Catherine McArthur Tourist How magnanimous it is of CM Michael Gunner to up the NTs take of repatriated Australians from 500 to 850 a fortnight. As he says, COVID-19 will be with us for the whole of 2021, so that means 22,100 persons from overseas going through Howard Springs. Dr Len Notaras and the National Trauma Response Team face a herculean task of managing this hugely expanded quarantine program. POH What is this silly impeachment word? I hope the trendy woke dont decide to inflict on us.Too fruity for me! Septuagenarian There is no need for a $24 million advertising campaign to create an awareness of the upcoming availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hundreds of thousands of Australians have been following the story of the vaccine development. All they are waiting for is to know when it will be available. Expect appointments for the needle to overwhelm doctors surgeries and medical clinics. how much money for gunner. I really hope gunner knows what hes doing, or is the positive feedback from the feds going to his head. What happens in a cyclone emergency, where do these people go, lot of questions not many answers. Sean VB Darwin City How awful it is that Tennant Creek is again in the spotlight because of issues associated with the purchase and consumption of alcohol (NT News 12/1). The town and its surrounding hinterland have much to offer by way of attraction to tourists and visitors. It is a thriving regional centre supporting significant pastoral and mining industries along with local enterprise. Yet it is primarily known for the blight ([J TEXT THE EDITOR ~~ MESSAGE OF THE DAY Have your say: SMS 0428 NTNEWS ON THIS DAY