Saturday, January 5, 2008

Trivial History January 5

I'm back from the Mornington Peninsula where a grand time was had by all.Next time I'll take you with me...maybelol

I don't want to bother you but did you know you had 11 pipers piping up while the lords leap over the turtle doves diving through the 5 gold rings and the milkmaids have taken to basting the partridge with pears ?

1780 George Evans, an early British explorer of New South Wales, was discovered in the birthing room by the midwife. He was the first colonial explorer to enter the Lachlan River Valley...after the umbilical cord was cut.

1798 Victoria's Westernport Bay was tripped over by some white fellers and named by George Bass.

In 1858 Scotch College and Melbourne Grammar agreed to play a game of Aussie Rules Football until each side had scored 2 goals. The goal posts were a mile apart and each team fielded 40 players, made up of both students and teachers. Unsurprisingly, the match became a 4 day marathon. That's what I like about football....

1802 Refusing to let Bass get the better of him, John Murray named Port Phillip Bay. Then retired upon his laurels.

1802 A group of Chinese diggers found a nugget at Dunolly (doesn't everyone find these lumps lying about in that town?) called The Precious, which yielded 50.418 kg of pure gold. Noice one lads !

1825 The first country newspaper, named The Tasmanian, was founded.Because The Decent Beer Brewers' Fish Wrappings didn't win marketing approval.

1834 William Wills, Aussie explorer and partner in crime with Robert O'Hara Burke, was pupped.

Ghost spot-
Near Omeo is a water course named Haunted Creek, where the blood-curdling screams of a man murdered in 1857 used to be heard for decades. A gold prospector called Ballarat Harry disappeared while he was carrying £400. Another prospector, who was charged but found not guilty of the crime, later admitted to having scattered Ballarat Harry's bones along a creek. When prospectors began sluicing the creek for gold in the 1880's, they were kept awake at night by the echoing screams of the murdered man and named the creek accordingly.

1837 South Australia's first police officer, William Williams, reported for duty on Kangaroo Island for £30 per year.And the poor bugger hasn't seen a pay-rise for 50 years now!

1857 Caroline Chisholm's Letters to the Working Classes of Great Britain were published for the first time, in The Argus. The working classes of Great Britain missed reading the letters, as The Argus was in Australia and they were not. Der, Caroline!

1883 Alexander Stuart formed a government in NSW.*gasp* Who said he could!?

1888 The Victorian Royal Commission on ventilation and lighting of the Legislative Assembly chamber was established. Couldn't have had anything to do with the warm weather, now could it Mr Speaker ?

1891 The shearers' strike began, which lead to the formation of the Australian Labor Party and Banjo Paterson's swaggie jumping into a billabong...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When hand-feeding magpies always ensure you have an escape route at hand...or a bandage.

1904 Alfred Deakin returned as Prime Minister of Australia.Returned from where and who said he could go ?

1904 Gloves, gloves and gloves- how many times do I have to remind you ? Fingerprint evidence was first used in a New South Wales court case.

1905 Gympie, in Queensland, was finally proclaimed a city. It was known as a gold town in the 1860s but the huge numbers of miners was obviously not enough...they had to wait til the umpteen pubs, brothels and two-up schools disappeared. You don't want to encourage that sort to hang around!

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Plastered Possum.
In a cocktail shaker mix together-
1 part cream
4 parts pineapple juice
1 part Midori
1 part Galliano
1 part Cointreau
Serve in a tall glass with a carrot stick for when the Plastered Possum gets the nibbles.

1930 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson discovered MacRobertson Land in Antarctica. Contrary to popular belief, MacRobertson Land was not awash with Violet Crumbles and Freddo Frogs...damn...

1932 Mrs Lores 'Harry' Bonney made history by flying 1,600km from Brisbane to Wangaratta, in only one day...the things we women do to get a cut lunch to our men folk....

1966 Construction of Waverley Park in Melbourne began and almost as soon as it finished, the demolition crew moved in...

1975 The first One-day International cricket match was played at the MCG, between Australia and England, the more exciting matches to introduce cricket to American tourists.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Molded Salmon.
In a food processor thoroughly mix 1 tin of pink or red salmon, chopped spring onions, chopped red and yellow capsicums, thousand island dressing and pepper to taste.
Baste a fish mold with olive oil, placing a sliced stuffed olive in the spot for the fish's eye.
Gently spoon salmon mixture into the mold until full and refrigerate for 4 hours.
To remove from old,gently run a hot knife around the edge.
Serve on a bed of shredded lettuce.

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