Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Trivial History January 22

A wonderful day of a blank canvas awaiting our explosions of mirth and merriment to leave our footprints upon it for eternity !

Or you can roll over and go back to sleep for another hour wink

1787 Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1788 Arthur Phillip, having a half day holiday from Governing the new colony, popped up to Manly and named it after the manly bearing of the natives.

John Bence tamed 793 horses in eight days at Swan Hill in 1938. Go and whisper that to the gee-gees!

1819 High McColl, who promoted the completely outlandish concept of irrigation throughout Victoria, was hatched. Read more about this chappie HERE.

1848 It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

Ghost spot-
Weldborough in Tassie was once extensively mined for tin in its hills. A Chinese miner was killed one night for his finds and from the late 1880's until the 1960's a strange floating light was seen travelling all over the hills, perhaps still searching for his pickings ?

1853 The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1859 Henry Hyde Champion, book publisher, women's activist and journal owner, was birthed. Henry helped the Matchgirld Union defeat Bryant and May in the famous Matchgirls Strike in 1888 - the first strike anywhere in the world. Henry moved to Australia and continued his many works,read more HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When you need self raising flour but only have plain flour at hand, don't panic. 2 teaspoons of baking powder to 1 cup of plain flour, sifted several times, will do the trick.

1866 Eugen Hirschfeld, a bloke who was a GP, politician, grazier, leader of the German community, internee and deportee, was pupped. Eugen experienced Australian hospitality in many ways but no doubt the most memorable was being deported over petty nonsense. Read more HERE.

1889 Harry Hawker, Aussie aviation pioneer, was discovered by a wombat. He left school at 12 and by the age of 15 was a fully qualified mechanic and driver.In 1911 he travelled to England to join the firm of Sopwith and learned to fly. He discovered how to control the spin of aircraft which saved numerous lives in WW1. Read more about this mechanical genius HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Chocolate Bullets.
Into a blender with ice place 1/2 cup thickened cream, 1/4 cup Ouzo, 1/2 tablespoon chocolate fudge topping, 1/4 cup Bailey's Irish Cream.Blend until thoroughly mixed, pour into tall glasses topped with a dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of chocolate sprinkles on top.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1920 Brand spanking new,fresh out of the box elected farmer and country Federal and State MP's had a knees up at Melbourne's Parliament House where they formed the Australian Country Party.

1956 Sydney, not to be outdone by Melbourne hosting some small shindig called the Olympics, opened its Circular Quay Loop, linking underground stations Wynyard, Town Hall, Museum, St James to the harbourside station Circular Quay.

1965 No Archibald Prize was awarded that year as the picky,picky,picky judges judged no entry worthy of the esteemed art prize. Ohhhhhh-er !

Grandma Mehitabel's on strike today.
Get a can of spaghetti and a can opener.
Open can.
Scrape out the contents into a saucepan.