Thursday, January 3, 2008

Trivial History January 3

Another seriously delicious dawned day full of sparkle and promise for what might lay ahead....a couple of hundred loads of washing. Ah bliss...*sob*

The ninth day of Christmas and your true love gave you nine ladies dancing....with or without the poles ?!

1788 The coast of New South Wales sighted Captain Arthur Phillips aboard HMS Supply...there goes the neighbourhood!

1813 Bennelong died at Kissing Point (current-day Ryde), on Sydney's North Shore. Read more about him HERE

1827 Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta was held on the Derwent River.

1840 Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh


The Tassie police force once employed 3 sets of twins with each set holding the same rank.
Sergeants A.J and L.H Rothwell, Senior Constables E.V and A.A Knowles and L.W and L.T Turner, with the Rothwells and Knowles being cousins.

1850 Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back ! eek

1853 Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria opened in Melbourne.

Ghost spot-

On the Jindabyne road is a location named W Tree, named after a large gum with a W carved on it that used to stand there. The area used to be visited by the spirit of an ex-convict who was tried and hanged for the murder of an Indian hawker.No body was ever found except for the hawkers 3 fingers, and the hanged man professed his innocence right up until the end.

1853 A peat bog in Ireland, of a mile in circumference and several feet in depth, suddenly began shifting over sloping ground and ended up, the following day, a quarter of a mile away.Don't look at me...I didn't do it !confused

1870 A state flag of Western Australia was adopted...and it wasn't the Governors' wifes' bloomers, for a change.

1870 Henry Handel Richardson aka Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, Australian author of The Fortunes of Richard Mahony, The Getting of Wisdom, The Garden Party, and Other Stories, and Maurice Guest, was hatched in Victoria Parade in Fitzroy. Read more about this fascinating writer HERE

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-

Slices of cucumber are useful in and out of summer salads. Place some slices near ants nests and the little buggers will evict themselves in no time. Cockroaches will gorge themselves into a stupor on the slices, leaving them unable to scurry away from a fast descending boot heel.eek

1907 When Australian pioneer aviator Charles Kingsford-Smith was but a lad he was rescued from the surf with hundreds of others at Sydney's Bondi Beach, in one of the first recorded and largest surf rescues in Australian history.


1912 "Those magnificent men in their flying machines, they go up upity-up-up..." Australia's first aviation school, Hart's, opened at Penrith by Postmaster General C.E. Frazer. Founded by aviator William Hart, the school had been transferred from Ham Common, near Richmond.

1923 Charles "Bud" Tingwell ,great Aussie Actor, was pupped.He is seen in most Australian film and TV series, best known for his role as Inspector Reg Lawson in Homicide, also Lawrence Hammill in "The Castle". Read more about this talented Aussie actor HERE

1924 Nobody loves me, everybody hates me, think I'll eat some worms...During a snowfall in Halmstad, in Sweden, red worms were noticed wriggling down from the sky....

1967 The Bee Gees were at No 1 in the singles chart with the single " Spickes and Specks"... and it's a damn funny TV show on the ABC.

1990 'The Herald' celebrated its 150th birthday. Founded in 1840 by George Cavenagh, "The Port Phillip Herald" was delivered free ' to every respectable inhabitant of Melbourne' and won much continued public support.Ahhh...that's why they wouldn't sell me a copy.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-

Chocolate Spiders.

Melt a whole block of chocolate in a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, a bowl floating in a saucepan of water will do the trick. Use yummy chocolate, not cooking choccie.

Mix into the melted yummy goodness a packet of Changs noodles, till they're completely covered.

Spoon lumps of your desired size onto trays/plates , then sit them in the fridge to cool and set.

You can vary this by adding peanut butter and using white choccie.

Eat till you burst!

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