Saturday, January 19, 2008

Trivial History January 19

Lots of things happened on January 19 in Australia's history....finding the fountain of youth, the never ending pile of chocolate and a cat who doesn't chew through ipod cables was not one of them.

1790 The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.

1846 Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.

1869 Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born. Read more about her life dedicated to her students HERE.

A settler named Shanley was killed when his horse fell, near the town of Adaminaby, whilst he was holding a small willow stick he'd been using as a whip.When he was found, he was still holding the stick so it was stuck in the ground near his grave and grew into one of the largest willow trees in Australia. Hmm, good fertiliser...

1873 Henry Burrell, known as The Platypus Man for his extensive research and study of our shy monotreme, was hatched. Read more about this dedicated zoologist HERE.

1877 Robert Kaleski, bushman and dog breeder who drew up the breeding standards for the Blue Heeler, Kelpie and other Aussie breeds, was pupped. Read more about him HERE.

1877 Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.

Ghost spot-
The Cloisters, in Perth, was once a highly fashionable school for boys and it had its own spirit. A shapeless greyish-white object was reported many times by students and teachers, sighted in the gardens of the school, skimming along above the ground.

1887 Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track at Seviceton.

1913 Rex Ingamells, publisher and poet, was dropped off by the Bunyip. Read more about this intriguing chap HERE.

1935 Johnny O'Keefe, singer The Wild One, was born. Read more about him HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When you have a bottle or vase you're unable to clean properly with a bottle brush, tip in a few teaspoons of uncooked rice, add a little water and shake vigorously. This will shift almost any food/dirt.

1939 Author H.G Wells had seen a light on and thought he'd pop in to Australia. While gracing our shores, he gave a chat on ABC radio about Utopias. Read the transcript HERE.

1957 Pass the tissues and the hip flask...The Argus, a Melbourne-based but thoroughly loved Aussie newspaper put out its final edition today. This paper pioneered many things in journalism, one being the use of colour photos in the news spread, which took the London tabloids almost another 40 years to master. Read more HERE. A biography of The Argus is in print, read more HERE.

1966 Pig Iron Bob aka Ming aka Robert Menzies, the longest serving Aussie PM, had a bad hair day and resigned. Que sera, sera Bobby...oops did I say that out loud ?

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Banana Bender.
Into a blender throw half a banana, 60ml cream, 30ml Cointreau,30ml Banana Liqueur and some crushed ice. Blend together and serve in a tall glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1966 Speaking of Banana Benders...a banana farmer named George Pedley fell over a 'flying saucer nest' at Horseshoe Lagoon. Don't take my word for it, read more HERE.

1975 Gazing into my crystal ball I smell..... A house painter predicted that Adelaide would be levelled by an earthquake and washed away in a tidal wave. Those many who fled the city returned to find everything intact and ripples gently lapping at the beach.....something fishy, paint fumes and horses doovers !

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-

Cheaters Quiche.
Into a bowl whisk eggs, 1 cup of milk, finely chopped capsicums,onions, bacon/ salmon, spring onions, leeks, tinned asparagus, grated carrots, grated zucchini, seasoning to taste and grated cheese (and anything else you prefer in your quiches). When thoroughly mixed, add 1 cup of sifted self raising flour and stir through with a wooden spoon.
Throw the whole lot into a greased quiche or baking dish and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins- 1 hour.
It will form its own crust and save fiddling with pastry.


  1. The Cloisters in Perth is now a very nice cafe - and the building is gorgeous! Haven´t seen any ghosts there though. Might have to try the cheater´s quiche out. I am hopeless with pastry.

  2. You'll have to take a photo when you're back for the wedding Guera lol!

    Pastry only behaves itself when frozen in the supermarket ;)