Monday, December 31, 2007

Trivial History December 31

Happy New Year !
May the stroke of midnight find you all happy, contented and enjoying life to the full !
In this nasty heat remember- drink plenty of water, you don't want a spot of heat-stroke ruining your New Years Eve plans.

As it's the sixth Day of Christmas you now have 6 geese a laying...a lot of eggs for your breakfast!

1790 Twenty-five bushels of barley were harvested in the new colony of New South Wales, the first grain harvest and a boon to Sydney which was suffering severe food shortages. A damn fine reason to celebrate NYE !

1855 Tell 'em he died with his boots on....Captain Sir Charles Hotham, R.N., K.C.B. died in office as Governor of Victoria.

1857 The Yan Yean Reservoir was opened...holding the same amount of water then as it does now...maths is a wonderful thing, Mr Holding !


A group of pioneer children who were avid cricket fans thought outside the square when they had only bush materials to use. The ball was cut from a lump of fungas called the black-fellow's beard, the bats were pieces of ironbark, the stumps came from branches of a wattle tree and their pads were pieces of stringybark. The pitch was dried out ants nest that lasted for weeks of runs and overs. Howzat?!

1881 A steam tramway, from Newtown to Marrickville in Sydney, began operating.Bet no cars tried to cut them off!

1889 Former Victorian Premier George Kerferd died.I can see a pattern happening here...

1889 Sir (Ernest) Daryl Lindsay, painter and member of the very talented Lindsay family, was born. Wed to Joan, who authored Picnic at Hanging Rock, he and his wife left their beautiful home Mulberry Hill to the National Trust of Australia. To read more about the prolific works the family produced, click HERE.

Ghost spot-

An Arts and Entertainment Centre in Preston is home to the spirit of an elderly woman who lived in the house that originally occupied the site. She plays no mischief, just wanders about and has been seen by several people who've mistaken her for a visitor.

1914 Volunteers for the AIF enlisted so readily that a second convoy of reinforcements left within two months of the first. Many of those aboard its ships would land on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.So young,so silly and so sad.

1935 The Cane Toad was introduced into QLD to control the grey-black beetle..unfortunately the Cane Toad quickly wore out its welcome despite the best efforts from golfers everywhere. The most humane way of disposing of them is to pop them in a plastic bag inside your freezer. Fore !

1946 It was announced that rationing of clothing, tea, sugar, butter and meat was to still continue, the black market not withstanding, of course.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hint-

If you find the microwave over-heats defrosting baby food, use an egg poacher on the stove instead.It's just as quick, easier to judge, you can defrost/heat 4 different foods at once and then feed Bub directly from the poacher cup.

1958 The New South Wales government legislated for equal pay for women...not before time either!

1964 Donald Campbell set a new land speed record at Dumbleyung Lake, Western Australia of 276.33 mph (442 km/h).Ahh,those boys and their need for speed always ends in tears...

1981 Yippie ! New South Wales announced it was to abolish death duties.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Gluten-Free Tabouli
Soak 1-2 cups of Millet puffs in warm water for approx.20 mins.
In a food processor blend 1 large bunch of parsley, 1/2 cup of lemon or lime juice and a teaspoon of olive oil.
Finely chop green ,red and yellow capsicums and several spring onions(stalk included).
Drain the millet puffs, combine all ingredients and serve with gluten-free corn chips.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge for NYE festivities.

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