Monday, January 21, 2008

Trivial History January 21

Top of the morning to you all... after a night spent fighting 2 dogs and a cat for the doona, the morning is a welcome change LOLlol

Wrap your arms around someone today as it's National Hugging Day

1801 Melbourne's founder, John Batman, was pupped in Parramatta today. One suggested name for Melbourne was Batmania, which would have made all residents Batmaniacs eek Read more about Johnny boy HERE

1815 Get out the goat cart Uncle Horatio, the road over the Blue Mountains was finished.

1817 Colin Campbell - no not he of Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe - but a clergyman, politician, squatter and all round good Scottish bloke, was hatched. Read more about Col HERE.

A very tall churchman in Sydney in the 1850's had the dubious distinction of having a glass of beer named after him - a 'Bishop Barker'. Bottom's up, Bishop!

1860 The first trotting horse race meeting was held in Melbourne but despite overwhelming demand, no 2 legged nags were entered.

1863 Parliament adjourned for the day and joined the long funeral procession to lay Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills in the Melbourne General Cemetery.

1870 The first European settlers dropped into Darwin, pitched a tent and sang 'Home Sweet Home' .

Ghost spot-
Near Wishart in QLD is a bend in a road that would host a ghostly scene. At sunset some drivers would be confronted with the sight of a motorcycle lying on its side with a woman on the road and a man leaning over her. Whenever people pulled over to help, they would find the accident scene had completely vanished. There is no local explanation for this horrific re-enactment.

1887 Plug the downpipes and put in more tanks...Brisbane was getting an average daily rainfall of 465mls.

1899 A great under appreciated Aussie author Ernestine Hill, who penned The Great Australian Loneliness, Water Into Gold and many other titles, was dropped off by the stork. Read about her life and works HERE.

1931 Bust out the streamers and honk your horns...Isaac Isaacs became the first Australian-born Governor-General.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
A general all-purpose spray cleaner that is cheap and effective with daily use. Into a spray bottle pop 1 teaspoon of pure soap flakes, 50 ml imitation vanilla essence and top with warm water. Shake vigorously to ensure soap has dissolved and use on most surfaces with a sponge.

1938 Will Dyson, world renown political cartoonist and Australia's first war artist, died. He never got over losing his beloved wife, writer and artist Ruby Lindsay (sister of Norman Lindsay). Read more about this talented man HERE and HERE.

1981 Head for the hills ! Malcolm Fraser had a bit of time on his hands whilst PM so he jumped up into the drivers seat of a bulldozer and started excavation work on the new Parliament House in Canberra.

1984 He was disabled but he could still jump puddles. ...Alan Marshall, journalist and wonderful author, died in Melbourne. A small snippet of his life is available HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cheese and Herb Damper.
Sift 3 cups of self raising flour into a bowl, rub in 3 tablespoons of butter until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Grate into the bowl 125 gms of cheese and toss in 1-3 tesapoons of mixed herbs (herbs of choice and volume to taste). Mix through then add 1.5 cups of milk.
Mix, then knead on floured surface. Shape into a round OR plop it into a loaf tin, bake in moderate oven for approx. 45 mins or when the loaf sounds hollow when you knock on it.
Delicious hot from the oven with lashings of butter and accompanying any pasta dish.

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