Saturday, January 26, 2008

Trivial History January 26

It's a Biggun, Cap'n Phillip ! Size comparison of Oz ,the UK and USA. Source

An auspicious Australia Day to all who're girt by seamrgreen
Enjoy your lamb this weekend and 'aveagoodonewink

"Farewell to Old England forever,
Farewell to my old pals as well,
Farewell to the well known Old Bailey
Where I once used to be such a swell.

Singing too-rall li-oo-rall-li ad-di-ty
Singing too-rall-li-oo-rall-li-ay
Singing too-rall li-oo-rall-li ad-di-ty,
We're bound for Botany Bay.

Now all my young Dookies and Duchesses,
Take warning from what I've to say,
Mind all is your own as you touch-es-es,
Or you'll find us in Botany Bay"

1788 After playing Pass The Food Parcel and Pin The Tail On The Convict, Captain Arthur Phillip took formal possession of The Colony of NSW.

1791 Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 Poking and peering about the bush, someone spied a Lyrebird in NSW.

4 gallons of rum could buy another man's wife in the early days of the colony. Whereas a man was only worth a spit or a gargle?

1808 Obviously over-celebrating the day, John Macarthur was nicked for sparking the Rum Rebellion and, playing tit for tat, officers barracking for Macarthur nicked Governor Bligh. Score- 1 all.

1818 Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1858 Possibly due to some heavy Aussie Day partying, Adelaide was slightly roasted when the mercury stopped climbing at 46.8 degrees C.

Ghost spot-
At Watson's Bay, The Gap is infamous for innumerable people taking their lives and many have reported sighting ghosts and spirits,during the day, loitering around this sad spot.

1924 And coming up next after this break, we have Victoria finally on the airwaves with 3AR broadcasting to all those glued to their wireless sets.

1925 Not to be outdone by its southern counterpart, radio station 2UE began babbling into a mike from Sydney.

1940 Brissy was feeling toasty at 43.2 degrees C

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Buy old lace doilies from the op shop, wash them and fill with dried lavender or rosemary.Tie with a mauve ribbon and tuck into drawers.

1951 Unable to pinch him for the allegations about John Wren in his book Power Without Glory, they tried it on by committing Frank Hardy to trial for criminal libel against Wren's missus.

1958 Thousands of Greek chappies vented their frustrations when they rioted in Melbourne after the bridal ship Castel Felice was 9 hours late.

1959 Break open a Drawin stubbie, luv...Darwin was granted city status.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Aussie Slinger.
In a tall glass fill halfway with crushed ice then throw in 60 ml lemon juice, a dash of Angostura Bitters, 30ml Grenadine Syrup, 45 ml of vodka and top up with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1960 Build up the camp fire and bust out the marshmallows, Mildred, the Aussie of The Year Awards started.

1972 Those long-haired hippies got together and had a massive party with LOUD live music at that little country town Sunbury.Whatever happened to listening to the gramophone in the parlour..I don't know....

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Governor Phillip's Rum Pie.
Sift 170gms flour into a bowl and rub in 85 gms of butter. Mix 1 teaspoon of sugar in 2 tablespoons of hot water and add to the flour. Mix gently into a soft dough and throw into the fridge for 30 mins. Roll out the pastry, line a pie dish with it and bake in a hot oven for 15-20 mins. Let cool completely before filling.
Rum Cream Filling-
Beat the yolks of 3 eggs with 1 tablespoon soft butter slowly adding 1/2 cup of sugar until mixture is frothy. Soften 1 dessertspoon of gelatine and gently pour into egg mix, stirring well. Whip 250ml cream until stiff then gently fold into egg mix, then gently add 1/4 cup of rum.
Throw in fridge until stiff then heap into the pie crust and hide in back of the fridge for 4 hours.
Sprinkle grated chocolate over the top and serve with a smile.


  1. I finally got here! I'm so far behind in my reading I'm feeling quite guilty!
    And what a ripper of a post to greet me! How can you go wrong with so many things Australian?
    Great little site you have happening here! Another one to swell my ever growing reader. It's almost ready to burst at the seams! It's all good though...and no pop up comment box is a bonus..they annoy the life out of me..

  2. Hi Anonymum, welcome and Happy Australia Day ! :)
    About to turn the 'puter off due to LOUD rumbling thunder here (yay if it rains) and bake Governor Phillip's Rum Pie (hic) lol.
    Happy reading ;)

  3. To the song, I have a rum and I sing
    Then a lil bit more rumm and I shing louda
    Anodder rumma an I seeng even bwedda
    No I got my dog sinnnging wif me
    But she don't drink, sho I doo if all for her.
    Hicks, Happy Aushtrallia Day

  4. Now that's a visual illustration that speaks volumes. I could really do with a UK overlaying over California.

    Happy Australia Day.

  5. Hmmm I was hoping for a link to the map thing. Never mind, just thinking about lamb is enough to keep me sweet for a while.

  6. LMAO John cheers and have one for me ;)

    Hi Maddy :)
    If you click the word "source" under the map it should take you to the page I got it from.

    Happy Australia Day :)

  7. Hope you had a happy Australia Day!!! You are the most Australian Australian I know and you must know everything about Australia!

  8. Thanks Tiff, we did :)
    I hope you had a great one too :)
    LOL I'm always unearthing tid bits about Aussies and Australia every day ;)

  9. I thought the least I could do was to click on your widget and come and visit. Thanks for visiting earlier and hope you had a great Aussie Weekend. Too bad it was not Sam's Australia Week. Back to the grind tomorrow and the kids start another year of school.