Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Trivial History January 16

Another lovely day with yet more trivial history snippets to waste 5 mins of your time!

1788 Hannibal Macarthur, nephew of the Merino lovin' Rum Corp Macarthur, was pupped. Read more about Hannibal HERE.

1793 Australia's first free settlers dropped anchor and set about painting the colony red.

After tinkling the ivories for 22 hours per day over 7 weeks to break the world record in 1982, pianist David Scott was horrified to hear the crowd at the Wagga Leagues Club shout for an encore.

1796 The first Aussie theatre was opened and entertained the masses in Bligh Street, Sydney with 2 plays - "The Hotel" and "The Revenge". Somehow I feel the playwrights drew on their surrounds for inspiration...

1856 Carl Fristrom, artist, was hatched today. Read more about the talented Carl HERE.

Ghost spot-
In Acton, in Tassie, is a lovely old house inhabited by 3 ghosts. The first is the original owner who died in his sleep, the remaining two are the spirits of young boys killed in a riding accident many years later. The three ghosts used to be seen standing beside the drawing room fireplace,politely waiting...for who knows what.

1858 Elwood Mead, who helped plan and lay out Victoria's irrigation network, was birthed. Read more about Elwood HERE.

1884 Richmond Cavill, the first bloke to use the Australian Crawl in a swimming competition, was found in the petunia patch. Read more about Richmond and his famous swimming family HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you happen to burn a saucepan, cover the bottom with black vinegar and top up with warm water, then let soak overnight. This should lift the blackened bits without too much scrubbing.

1889 Australia's highest oven temperature was recorded in Cloncurry in QLD when the thermostat boiled over at 53.1 C or 127.6 F in the old money.

1909 Douglas Mawson, fed up with warming his toes on Aussie soil, popped over to the South Pole to cool down.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Squashed Frog.
Into a shaker pour 10 Advocaat and 10ml Cherry Advocaat.Shake well with ice and pour into a glass. Top up with 30ml Bailey's Irish Cream and 30ml Mirdori.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1917 Rohan Rivett, journalist, biographer and POW, was born. Read more about this talented bloke HERE.

1962 Frank Hurley, the first official AIF photographer appointed in 1917, passed into the great beyond.

1973 Rather eccentric journalist, Francis James, was let loose from a Chinese prison. Read more about this quirky chap and the real story behind his imprisonment HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
A Drover's Dream.
Take juicy shoulder chops and dust with flour and seasoning. Place them in a large casserole dish. Add a large onion, sliced and fried, and sliced carrots, parsnips, beans and other vegies of choice.Pour in enough water to cover and bake in a moderate oven till chops are tender. Remove the casserole cover for the last 15 mins of baking and serve with steamed new spuds sprinkled with chives and either melted butter or a little sour cream.


  1. Thanks for that. I will use this to swot for my citizenship test. I love your header.

  2. For a few extra pounds, Mr Mead could have had the irrigation channels covered and saved us a lot of bother now.

  3. Thanks Colin lol ;)
    The header is an old family pic of my great-grandfathers blacksmith and wheelwright's forge.
    Please note - he repaired those new fandangled bicycles too ! LOL

  4. Absolutely Andrew!
    Perhaps he was heavily investing in the drink of his namesake to pay attention ?