Thursday, January 31, 2008

Trivial History January 31

Another glorious day of persistent precipitation to spread the every lovin' cloud juice all over the vegies.biggrin
And another day that will find The Spouse atop a ladder cleaning out the spouting ... just to keep him out of mischiefsmile

1762 Colonel Lachlan Macquarie was dropped of by the Drop Bears in anticipation of his governing the colony of NSW. More HERE.

A portable ice chest (similar to today's esky) twisted and charred when caught in a fire that destroyed a Perth garage was found to contain a large block of ice that had not shed a drop of water despite the intense heat.

Greenpeace found time to climb the clocks at Flinders Street station. More HERE.

1814 People started taking Holey Dollars and Dumps in exchange for goods and services. No, it's not some strange fetish but Spanish silver dollars with the centre cut out (Holey Dollar worth nine shillings) and the Dump was the centre, worth 1 shilling.

Ghost spot-
Parliament House in Hobart is said to be haunted by a chappie named Albert, whose spirit appears in a icy spot alongside the Speakers Chair and who freezes the late hours staff with such abject fear that they are unable to walk into the Speakers Room.

Bottoms up! Fitzroy Crossing grog ban to be scrapped as it's deemed "racist". More HERE.

1862 The Victorian Royal Commission passed in its report on the circumstances that lead to the sufferings and deaths of Burke and Wills. In 25 words or less - poor planning, poor communication and bugger all water?

Grasshoppers are snatching more than a pebble from the hands of Snowy farmers. More HERE.

1880 The recently deceased magazine The Bulletin began publication. Some of the more celebrated contributors were Henry Lawson, Banjo Paterson, Bernard O'Dowd, Mary Gilmore, Norman Lindsay, Barcroft Boake, Joseph Furphy, Vance Palmer, Miles Franklin, Katherine Sussanah Pritchard and many, many more poets, writers and cartoonists who helped shape the nation through "The Bushman's Bible".

South Oz cops are tops in all of Australia....and the most available hospital beds. Moral is - get sick or robbed in South Oz ! More HERE.

1917 Having a spot of water lying about in pools, as the 1914-1915 drought had done a bunk,The Murray River Commission began operating. That's one drop for you and gazillion gallons for me, one drop for you and....

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When buying flour or other dry goods, place in freezer overnight as this will kill any weevils and other little suckers.

More land to be locked up and left to its own devices declared a National Park in QLD. More HERE.

1968 Nauru busted out the bubbly on this day as it became independent from Britain, Australia and NZ.

Tiger to sprout wings in The Alice in March. More HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Eeri Berry.
Into a shooter glass gently layer 2 oz Cherry Vodka, 2 oz Cherry Liqueur and 1/3 oz Grenadine Syrup.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates the responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1991 Perth was simmering quietly on the back burner at 45.8 degrees C

All those baked bean dinners are paying off with gas exploration in Tassie. More HERE.

2003 The Coogee Madonna was spied on a fence post. *ahem* Read more HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Bushman's Mince.
Take a fresh rabbit you've caught that morning, skin it and mince all the meat.
Mix in 1 cup of breadcrumbs,mixed herbs to taste, a small chopped onion, 3 slices of bacon and seasoning to taste.
Stir in 1 egg,shape into patties and fry.


  1. I never had weevils till once a few months ago and then a few weeks ago.
    Did she have to sift them out ? or freeze pre treatment prevents them ??
    I even had weevils in my rock salt.

  2. I am enjoying your trivial history elessons

  3. Hi Baby~Amore and thanks :)
    No sifting, just putting the newly bought flour/coconut/powered milk/etc in the freezer overnight kills off any weevil eggs that might be in it.