Add Your Piece of History… 25th May

25 May
  • On this day in 1967.  John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls Royce was delivered.  The Rolls Royce caused an uproar, including the Rolls Royce company raising a formal complaint.  John Lennon had bought the car new from Rolls Royce in 1965 and become bored with the colour so had a psychedelic paint job.  The car was sold at Sotheby’s in 1985 for $2,299,000.00.
  • On this day in 1870.  Notorious Australian bush-ranger ‘Captain Thunderbolt’ is shot dead.  He was born Frederick Ward and was born at Wilberforce near Windsor, N.S.W.  As an excellent horseman, he stole horses and for this he was sentenced in 1856 to 10 years on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour.  On the 11 of September in 1863 he and another inmate escaped from the supposedly escape-proof prison by swimming to the mainland.  After his escape, Captain Thunderbolt lead a life as a bush-ranger before he was shot dead by Constable Alexander Walker on the 25th May 1870.

Please feel free to add your piece of history (something personal or just general history).

John Lennon's Rolls Royce

John Lennon’s Rolls Royce (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Statue of Captain Thunderbolt at the intersect...

Statue of Captain Thunderbolt at the intersection of New England Highway and Thunderbolts Way, Uralla, NSW (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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4 Responses to “Add Your Piece of History… 25th May”

  1. barbmca May 25, 2013 at 6:19 am #

    Great story love the Aussie history

  2. gpcox May 27, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    Don’t think I could compete with this post.

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