Monday, January 28, 2008

Trivial History January 28

Another sparkly day to shine upon us and illuminate those dusty corners we missed with the hoover !

After a few emails asking for more news bites I've combined it into the trivial history. Let me know what you think.
I'll also be combining the What's On calendar into the Lost & Found blog page.

1788 Having hosted the party 2 days before, Captain Phillips, now doffing his Governor's hat, founded the penal colony at Botany Bay. The neighbours weren't impressed...

Hunt down your lost weekends! Read more HERE.

In 1870 a double coffin was ordered for a husband and wife in QLD but the boat was delayed so the funeral went ahead without it. The coffin was left in an overnight hut where it was used as a bunk for a number of years and when the river was in flood it became a punt to ferry travellers across.

1791 Admiral Sir James Stirling, first Governor of W.A, was hatched. Read more about the chap who signed Britain's first treaty with Japan HERE.

Wind without the baked beans but plenty of hot air for Portland's new wind farm. More HERE.

Ghost spot-
The old Grand Hotel at Childers ,QLD was the haunt of two ghosts who would stomp about, opening and slamming doors and windows, with one expressing his opinion with an occasional grunt. They have not been heard for over 40 years.

1848 George Chaffey, land speculator and irrigation engineer who began the irrigation settlement of Mildura, was pupped. Read more HERE.

Feral trolley's becoming a problem pest in the Alice; perhaps a bounty or baiting program is called for ! More HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Into a spray bottle dissolve 1 teaspoon of corn flour in warm water. This will clean windows without leaving any streaks.

1852 There's gold in them thar government offices...the Bullion Act was passed along with the breakfast prunes to allow the stamping of gold ingots and use as legal would you like your change, 1 or 2 half ingots, sir?

Tassie Devils with facial tumours are becoming attractive to NY socialites proving the adage that beauty is in the eye of the beer holder. More HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
After Eight.
Into a shooter glass gently spoon layers of 20ml Bailey's Irish Cream, 10ml Creme de Menthe and 15ml of Kahlua.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1870 Molly Narelle, the Australian Queen of irish song, was found in the petunia patch. Read more about her life HERE.

Another train line to go the way of the dodo. More HERE.

1893 The more things change... The Federal Bank of Australasia shut it's doors beginning the bank crash as the financial crisis slipped from "really bad" into "how deep is a bucket of cow manure?"

Keeping up with the Jones' in regional South Oz is lining the tradies pockets nicely. More HERE.

1923 Helen Bower, poet, journalist, scriptwriter and TV producer, was born. Read more on her HERE.

More surgery in regional hospitals cuts surgery waiting lists; this commonsense logic obviously didn't happen in Vic. More HERE.

1958 British PM Harold Macmillan , having a spare spot in his dairy, popped into Sydney for a fortnight.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Irish Potato Cakes.
Half cook spuds and mash when cold, adding a melted dessertspoon of butter, seasoning to taste and enough flour to form a soft dough.
Roll out and cut rounds from it, then fry and serve with meal of choice.


  1. Jayne

    Thanks for all the interesting trivia. Certainly a creative use for a coffin...

  2. Jayne,

    You are a whiz. You have gone and created yet another fantastic blog.

    I have so much reading to do. I will have to settle in and catch up.Loving the ghost stories especially and much.

  3. LOL LiD thanks :)
    It's a conspiracy to stop you disappearing off-line again ;)