Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Trivial History January 15

Picking plums for preserves is on the agenda today...while avoiding the Rainbow Lorikeets' beaks as they greedily gobble the lot !biggrin


1790 The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1839 The first American consul, James Williams, parked his posterior in Sydney.

1842 Mary McKillop, our soon-to-be-Aussie-born Saint, was birthed in Fitzroy. Read more about this feisty lady HERE.


Oddspot-
Nurse Edith Sloane of Adelaide was midwife at the births of 20 out of 24 of her own grandchildren, then to top it off, she saw through the birth of her first great-grandchild.


1858 Henry Chinn, civil engineer, land speculator and mischief maker, was hatched. Read more about this argumentative chap HERE.

1866 Another Saturday encouraging the politicians yet again...a general election was held in Victoria.

1871 Tom Walsh, organiser of the infamous Sydney maritime strike of 1919 and founding member of the Communist Party of Australia, was pupped. Read more about him and his equally famous wife HERE.



Ghost spot-
The Sydney Opera House is home to several ghosts. Old Harry resides in the upper area known as the flies, often seen flitting about and frequently heard as he rattles the pulleys and ropes. A boy and a man are often seen sitting in the dress circle but disappear when approached.
And Paddy, the homeless man who's mates had him cremated and hid the urn containing his ashes in the foundations of the Opera House, known locally as Paddy's $100 million headstone.


1872 John King, the sole survivor of the ill-fated Burke and Wills trot across the outback, died from TB at St Kilda, aged only 33.

1894 Bury the chainsaw and take up smelting Uncle Percy... Eskbank Ironworks, Australia's first steel mill, was opened at Lithgow.

1903 The Aussie Govt started paying up bonuses to sugar growers to employ white labour...because all the victims of Blackbirding aren't as sweet?


Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When cleaning the walls behind stoves, fridges, etc, spray and buff the walls with furniture polish. Next time you need to clean behind there, it will only need a quick wipe down with a damp dust rag. Repeat the polish when needed.


1905 The cable trams in Sydney came to halt, although unlike Victoria's trams, not a crashing one.

1906 Get your knitting needles out ladies ! Australia recorded a wool clip of 11,000,000 bales.

1915 Urban legend states that Duke Kahanamoku was the first to hang ten on a board in Aussie waters near Manly Beach. Not so ! says a new historical book, which is probably based more on actual facts than romantic P.R. ...and the fact they have photos to prove their disputed claim helps, too. Read the REAL story of Aussie surfing HERE.

2001 Wikipedia was spawned.

Great Uncle Rupert and Grandma Mehitable's Ripper Refreshing Menu-
Syllabub.
Into a bowl pour 470 ml sherry, mix in a teaspoon of brandy, add half a grated nutmeg and 1.5 litres of milk. The carefully spoon whipped cream on top, with a sprinkling of sugar and cinnamon to finish.
*Great Uncle Rupert and Grandma Mehitabel advocate responsible service of alcohol and no more than 1 thimbleful to drink per day.

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