Saturday, January 12, 2008

Trivial History January 12

A dazzling dawn with delicious delights dallying to be discovered during the day.
Now say that with your teeth out lol

1799 Bass and Flinders had done with burning dounuts around Tassie in their swanky boat so they popped back to Sydney for a change of sea air.

1823 In an effort to shape up those shocking convicts who sat around knitting all day, Rev Archibald MacArthur held the first presbyterian service in Hobart.

1824 Governor George Arthur, hearing about the fine woollen garments those convicts were spinning with their yarns in Tassie, dropped by for a look-see.

When land-owner Bill Feast died in the 1950's he left his property and estate to a young friend, 4 year old Ian Webb, who then became the landlord to his own father, who's store stood on the inherited property.

1888 In Birmingham, England, some prophet predicted the end of the world on this date...I wouldn't ask them for the lottery numbers either.

1896 Burke was simmering slightly, with a fortnight of average daily temperatures topping 47 º Celsius. 50 people died during that 2 week heat wave.

1908 South Sydney Rugby Team was formed and won the 1st Premiership later that year. Squirrel gripping...?

Ghost spot-
The old Adelaide City Baths had a spirit in attendance in the early 1920's. Several people reported seeing a young girl dressed in a neck to knee bathing costume who disappeared as soon as she was sighted.

1925 Shirley Thoms, the Aussie Yodelling Sweetheart, was found in the cabbage patch in Toowoomba. Shirley was the first solo female recording artist in Australia. Read more about her HERE.

1934 Frankie Davidson, Aussie singer, was hatched. Frankie gave us such memorable songs like "I hope your chooks turn into emus", "50,0000 flies can't be wrong" and "The Aussie BBQ Song". Read more HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you have unwanted guests in the form of cockroaches, sprinkle salt in warm areas ( ie under the fridge/freezer) as they prefer to huddle in these spots. But they dislike salt even more.

1939 Grab the garden hose Myrtle and stand in the ice chest...Adelaide got a tad warm under the collar, with a boiling point of 47.6º Celsius.

1978 I can see a pattern happening here ...Perth cooked up a scorcher with 44.7º Celsius on this day.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Bondi Blue.
Into a shaker with crushed ice add half a raw egg white, 45 ml of light rum, 30ml Blue Curacao and 30 ml Banana Liqueur. Shake thoroughly, pour into a tall glass and top up with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1979 Luna Park in Sydney played host to the ukulele-toting singer Tiny Tim as he made the world professional non-stop singing record in a time of 2 hours, 15 mins and 7 seconds. How many tulips could you tiptoe through in that time...?

2003 Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees passed away.

2005 The very first Twenty20 match was played at the WACA between the Victorian Bushrangers and the Western Warriors. And despite some hours Googling it, no one can tell me who won ! *sob*

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Bran Fruit Cake.
Soak 1 cup of bran flakes in 1 cup of milk until absorbed, then mix with 1 cup of S/R flour, 1 cup (or less to taste) sugar, 1 cup dried fruit. Put into a greased loaf tin in a moderate oven for approx. 45 mins. Serve sliced with butter.


  1. Heya!
    Does this help you at all??

    "WA eventually coasted past the Vics total in 12.1 overs to finish at 2-143."