Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Trivial History December 25

As I'm being incredibly lazy today with roasting, baking, wrapping and dropping off presents, uncorking bottles and generally doing my best to stuff another mouthful of pudding into the overly full guests, there's no births today - you may browse HERE if you really must know who was delivered by Santa.

1859 Thomas Austin of Barwon Park received a shipment of rabbits. The Xmas fairy tells me this isn't a good pressie for some reason...

1868 Bushranger Captain Starlight aka Frank Pearson was captured on a rock ledge near a waterhole in the Gundabooka Range near Bourke. Yes Virginia, there really was a Captain Starlight. Read more about the real Captain Starlight HERE.

1871 Hugh Mosman discovered gold at Charters Towers in Queensland. A very Merry Christmas was had by Hugh I suspect !

1914 Peace broke out at the War.
An estimated 2/3 of the British and German frontline ceased fire and held the Christmas Truce.Gifts were exchanged, carols were sung, football games were played, glasses held high in toasts, and goodwill towards fellow man was rife in the trenches. The top brass was furious and made sure it would never happen again.
More accounts of the Christmas Truce HERE, HERE and HERE

1930 Sidney Myer began a long tradition of providing Christmas Dinner for 12,000 needy people at the Exhibition Building. Bless you and yours Sidney.

1957 The first Aussie Christmas stamps were issued...and who remembers the ones with Santa on his surf board in those board shorts ?!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Festive Season.

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