Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Trivial History January 1

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month...and no pay backs !

Here's hoping 2008 found you waking up without a case of empty bottles digging into your ribs , a houseful of hung over strangers guzzling Irish coffee from your best Wedgewood china and the neighbours' yak bathing in your pool.... those yak hairs are a bugger to get out of the pool filter...

I see the seven swans a'swimming...in your bath tub are contravening water restrictions !

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley discovered the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.

1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.

1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.

3 miners trapped in the Mount Kembla mine after an explosion survived after they unhitched a pit pony that led them through the darkness to a source of fresh air.

1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.

1850 Standard postage introduced throughout NSW. For 3d., a letter could be posted overseas; for 2d., to the next suburb or town.For 1d you post a letter locally where you could probaly hand deliver it yourself. Because of their design, the stamps became known as 'Sydney Views'.

1855 How sweet it is...The Colonial Sugar Refinery was formed in Sydney. It changed its name to CSR Limited in 1973.

Ghost spot-
The Headless Horseman of Cathcart (near Ararat) might not have been sighted for many years but those who remember sighting him still feel a chill run down there spines. The Headless Horseman was not exactly headless, for he would wear a wide brimmed hat but he was lacking a face beneath the brim, as he galloped his long dead horse across the hills to Cathcart on stormy nights.

1856 The name Tasmania was officially adopted to replace Van Diemen's Land which was felt to have too many convict connotations and because "Island Of Decent Beer Brewers" was too long to fit on government letterheads...

1900 Street lights were installed in Adelaide...the lights may be on but....

1901 Australia's first Governor -General, the Right Honourable John Adrian Louis Hope, proclaimed Australia a Commonwealth at a public meeting and ceremony at Centennial Park, Sydney. We was Federated...but the hangovers from colonial 1900 were still beating everyone's skulls!

1911 The Australian Capital Territory was established...after the Fathers of Federation took their partying on the road searching for the right spot, including a spot of skinny dipping !

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hint-
If you have a mishap with a cake and have burnt parts upon it, scrape the burnt parts off then sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on it and pop it back into the oven to form a glaze. Then smother it in chocolate icing !

1913 The streets of Hobart were lit by electricity for the first time...just so those Decent Beer Brewers could find their way home at night, of course.

1930 A Sydney to Brisvegas..err... Brisbane air service began, provided by Australian National Airlines, owned by Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Charles Ulm.

1943 Sergeant-Tracker Alexander Riley was the first Aborigine to receive the King's Police and Fire Service Medal for distinguished service.Because, of course, no other aborigines had worked their arses off for the police before then...?

1951 And you think you've got troubles with that credit card bill?! The price of tea increased by sixpence to 3s 10d a pound.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Home Made cat/dog dried bikkies.
Mix 1 cup wholemeal flour with 1 cup of plain white flour and 1/2 cup of polenta.
You may add 1/4 cup of soy milk and 1 cup of stock(powdered stock mixed with warm water)
OR substitute the soy for extra volume of stock.
4 tablespoons of oil finishes it off.
Mix thoroughly, then knead with your hands, forming bikkies whatever size you want for either cats or dogs.
Cook in oven for approx. 20-30 mins and set aside to cool and set before sealing in an air tight container. Bikkies will keep for up to 4 weeks.

1975 About bloody time...The Office of Australian War Graves was established

2001 The only bloke in the race really....John Landy, A.C., M.B.E. was sworn in as Governor of Victoria


  1. Re CSR, if you haven't heard or read Sugar in the Blood, I think you would like it Jayne. Spoken word cassette is best.

  2. Thanks Andrew, I'll have a hunt for it :)