Monday, January 14, 2008

Trivial History January 14

Wonderful morning to you all!
The wild birds are stripping our fruit trees, the food forest is busting out of its many garden beds and the chooks have, once more, taken care of the greedy possum in the gum tree (who pops down at sunset for a mouthful but got an earful insteadlol).
And it's another day of civilised weather...all's right with my little corner of the world.mrgreen

1758 Robert Sidaway, convict, farmer, publican and owner of Australia's very first theatre, was hatched. Read more about him HERE

1788 Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

One of the smallest fees paid to a lawyer in Australia for appearing in a large criminal case was 7 guineas given to Mr Bindon for...ahem... defending Ned Kelly.

1803 Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1806 Sir Charles Hotham, first Governor of Victoria, was pupped in Suffolk, England. Read more about the bloke who muddled the Eureka Stockade HERE.

Ghost spot-
In the early 1960's a family moved into a house at Cascades, Tassie and began to notice a filmy white figure floating about the bushland behind their property. Several family members watched and followed, agreeing it seemed to come and go from a thickly overgrown patch of blackberries. In 1967 bush-fires cleared the bush land and a grassy mound was found with a broken headstone. After repairing the headstone the figure was never seen again.

1830 In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you find yourself without fabric softener, use 1/4 cup of white vinegar (for a full load) instead. It softens, leaves no smell and is very inexpensive.

1856 John Archibald, journalist and co-founder of The Bulletin, was dropped off by a Bunyip. One of his lasting legacies was to establish the Archibald Prize in art. Read more about a bloke who believed enough in Australian literature and art to put his money where his mouth was, HERE.

1876 Just for Eddie McGuire....Collingwood was proclaimed a city.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Honeyed Nuts.
Into a shaker mix 30ml Frangelico,15ml Kahlua,120ml cream,30ml honey,15ml Advocaat with ice.Before pouring, garnish the rim of the glass with honey and crushed hazelnuts.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1894 James Bennett was born. He is a little remembered mechanic who assisted greatly in Ross and Keith Smith winning the £10,000 prize for flying from England to Australia in 30 days. Read more about this chappie HERE.

1939 Grab an icy pole and head down to Bondi...Sydney was feeling all furnace-like today as the temperature climbed to 45.3 degrees celcius.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If oil is splattered on clothing, sprinkle immediately with talcum powder and after 5 mins it should brush off.

1958 Qantas began flapping its wings for around-the-world air services. The prices are still out of this world, too!

1962 Bush-fires swept through Lara and the Dandenong Ranges claiming 14 lives.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Mince and Potato Rissoles.
Boil spuds and 1 large onion sliced, mash together when cooked.
Add beef mince, herbs of choice and seasoning to taste, let cool.
When cool, shape into rissoles, dip in beaten egg, roll in breadcrumbs and grill.


  1. hi Jayne - I am having fun reading this - history was never this much fun at school though I was an A student.
    Is this your main digs ?
    I will check your blog further !

  2. Hi Baby~Amore and thanks :)
    Yep this is the main blog, tho I link to items on the others back on here too ;)

  3. Jayne,
    I am loving this info as well!
    I love the ghost stories.

  4. Thanks Tiff :)
    There's plenty more of them to come lol ;)