Thursday, January 10, 2008

Trivial History January 10

Get your blinds down and get the fluids into you as, if you're anywhere in Victoria today, it's going to be a stinker.
An afternoon nana-nap is fully allowed todaywink

1696 The Swan River had Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh splashing around in it today...hope he brought his floaties!

1823 George Belcher, poet, journalist, politician and benefactor, was hatched. Read more about him HERE

A painter who fell into a vat of boiling water at an early Sydney brewery was officially described by a doctor to have been "steamed to death".

1855 The Gold Fields Commission recommended a general amnesty for those involved in the Eureka Stockade...commonsense prevailing in parliament ?! Impossible!

1869 Samuel Prior, journalist, editor and owner of The Bulletin, was pupped. Read more about a bloke who actively encouraged the publication of Australian literature HERE

Ghost spot-
A theatre in Newcastle is home to the spirit of a lonely young man who means no harm and had, according to one claimant, allegedly predicted the Newcastle earthquake in 1989.

1893 Albert Jacka, the first Aussie awarded the VC in WW1, was born. This straight talking, no nonsense bloke was revered by all who knew him. Read more HERE.

1895 Percy Cerutty, the "eccentric crackpot" who's unconventional training methods saw a number of Aussie athletes win Commonwealth and Olympic medals. Read more about Percy HERE

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If a favourite flower bowl develops a crack at a most inopportune time, fill it with damp sand and keep it moist.The blooms will last quite a while then you can get it repaired.

1912 What a very good year ! Great Uncle Rupert's celebrating the uncorked birth of Thomas Hardy, the father of the Australian wine industry.

1929 The idiot box was demonstrated for the first time in Melbourne today by Gilbert Miles who kept claiming "If you just wait 50 years you can see The Sullivans".....

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Australian Gold.
Into a cocktail glass pour 30 ml each of Gold Rum, Mango Liqueur and Galliano, then serve.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in sensible moderation.

1958 Scratch me happy George Adams ! The first Opera House Lottery was drawn in Sydney.

1968 Only because his manicure appointment had been cancelled, John Gorton became the 19th PM of Australia.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Stuffed Marrow (Zucchini).
Mix 1 cup of breadcrumbs with 3 mashed spuds, 1 cup of mince meat, mixed herbs, 1 chopped onion and seasoning to taste.
Cut the marrow lengthwise and remove all seeds,pack the stuffing mixture into the hollow and tie the halves together,wrap in foil and bake in a hot oven for approx. 1 hour.
Serve on a bed of rice with a rich beef gravy to cover.
*Adjust amount of stuffing mixture as needed for size of marrow.


  1. Hey... my grandad used to make that stuffed marrow - but I think he used some type of squash. Much the same thing I guess, they're all fairly related aren't they?

    (gardeners lining up to shoot me?)

  2. LOL I think they're all from the same family,kissing cousins maybe ? ;)

  3. The ghost theatre is The Civic in Newcastle. You know, these would be great as trivia questions!

  4. You get a gold star Gavin lol ;)
    I might pop some q's in then ;)