Saturday, December 29, 2007

Trivial History December 29

The last Saturday of 2007 is upon us and the Long Weekend of 4 Days of Partying begins !
Just remember - if you drink and drive you're a bloody idiot.

I notice your feathered friends have increased with the arrival of 4 colly do the 3 french hens, 2 turtle doves and the partridge in the pear tree feel about this?

1696 The Flemish captain Willem de Vlamingh arrived at, and named Rottnest Island, after seeing large numbers of quokkas which he mistook for large rats. Rottenest is Dutch for "rat's nest". Just as well he didn't pack the Ratsack...

1765 Laurence Halloran, a jack of all trades and a master of writing defamatory pamphlets, was hatched. Read more of this convict who started the first Sydney Grammer School HERE.

Fishing off Sydney's South Head in 1923, an angler reeled in a large fish which had a small ring through it's bottom lip. The ring was stamped with the letter J and the year 1912. I guess the fish wore it for the halibut...

1835 Mary Gilbert, the first European woman to live in the new Port Phillip settlement, gave birth to her son, James Port Phillip Gilbert, the first European child born in the Port Phillip settlement of Melbourne. She was given 500 acres of land and a town allotment for her trouble. More info HERE.

A life-sized bust of Mary Gilbert can be seen HERE.

1860 Sailors from the Victorian Colonial warship, Victoria, took part in the action at Matarikoriko, New Zealand. The Victoria's service in New Zealand waters during the second Anglo-Maori war, represented the first overseas military operation by an Australian unit, the beginning of Australia's overseas war history.

1869 An Act of parliament today incorporated the Public Museum, Library & National Gallery of Victoria.I suppose those politicians do have their uses after all...

1870 Payment of Members Act assented to. Victoria became the first of the Australian colonies to introduce payments of Members of Parliament. But I didn't think they'd want to be actually paid to be useful !

Ghost spot -
In cinemas in Elsternwick there have been reported up to 9 ghosts calling the projection booth and the stalls home. Strange thumps, bumps and whispers have been heard, also lights turning themselves on and off have been witnessed by a large number of people over the years.

1879 Florence Taylor, Australia's first female architect and civil engineer, was delieverd by the stork. She was married to George Taylor who was a pioneer aviator, and through him, Florence became the first woman to fly in Australia.She also published and edited trade journals on architecture,urban planning, design and construction. Read more of this very talented woman HERE.

1901 The Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated after an Act of the British Imperial Parliament. We was Federated !

1908 Victor Daley, journalist, poet and short story writer, gave up eating and drinking due to TB.Born in Ireland, he someimes used the pen name Creeve Roe and was a chief participant in The Dawn and Dusk Club, named after one of his own works, of which Henry Lawson was also a member. Read more about this underappreciated talent who called Australia home HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hint -
When packing to travel to The Fishing Shack, always ensure a box of Bicarbonate of Soda is included. Not only is this essential for many recipes but it is invaluable for removing burnt on food from when your spouse attempts to cook one of his many catches or for removing the odour of fish from the fridge,esky or any crockery. It also works a treat on smelly shoes.

1920 In Australia, a special court enquiry was held into a 44-hour week for all trades...because those poor hard-done-by bankers just couldn't possibly keep up...?

1940 Leslie Morrision aka Lucky Starr, was pupped. He had considerable success with his ' I've Been Everywhere ' in 1962. He was the first Australian to headline his own show in Las Vegas and the first Australian to entertain the troops in Vietnam,paying his own way there and back, 5 times. Read more about this ground-breaking entertainer HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu -
Asparagus Rolls

Take 1 loaf of fresh bread and remove the crusts from each slice.
Flatten each slice with a rolling pin.
Spread wholegrain mustard on each slice, place a cooked asparagus spear diagonally across one corner and roll up the slice.
Rolls may be secured with a toothpick.
Wholegrain mustard may be substituted for other dressings.

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