Sunday, February 10, 2008

Trivial History February 10

The chooks are cackling, the rainbow lorikeets are stripping the fruit trees and the magpies are swooping despite losing the footy match...all's right with the world wink

1788 5 convict couples got hitched by Rev Johnson, including William Bryant to Mary Broad while the colony was a grand 15 days old.

1801 Governor King, using the grey matter between his ears, introduced the ticket-of-leave system which allowed convicts to *gasp* work for wages and (horrors) choose their own master !!!

Sam Pearce of Glanville, South Oz, was pronounced dead on 3 occasions but only one of them was correct.
In 1906 after an illness in hospital he was declared dead and popped into a coffin. Just as the coffin was being lowered into the grave he came round and his cries for help were heard.
In 1919 his body was found in bed and, again, declared dead. A policeman stood watch over the body during the night but took himself off home when the body got up and made itself brekkie in the morning.

1842 The Moreton Bay district, what was once a penal colony, was open to all free settlers according to Gov Gipps. Pfft, who'd live where convicts had been?!

1852 The Supreme Court of Victoria was open for business today and hasn't stopped working since.

Ghost spot-
Quaalap Homestead, in Westralia, was home to a very innocuous spirit that used to drift from room to room and sigh quietly in a corner near the fireplace.

1859 The Victorian Royal Commission on the best methods for removing the sludge from the goldfields presented its report to Parliament. Good Lord, did they even try to use Windex ?

1862 Paddy Crick, the Wild Man of Sydney, was sprung in the corn field. Paddy was a hard drinking newspaper owner, solicitor and politician, read more about this bigger than life character HERE.

1879 Having a bit of a blank spot on their dance cards, the Kelly Gang held up the Bank of NSW at Jerilderie. Proving it was up here for thinking and down there for dancing, the Gang had cut the telegraph wires and locked up the 2 constables before waltzing into the bank in police uniforms and do-se-do-ing out again with 2,000 pounds.

1882 A group of butchers got together and had a natter, the result being Tassie's first trotting race meet. We won't ask what happened to the losing nags...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When storing partially used tins of paint always cover the opening with glad wrap before hammering down the lid. This stops a skin forming and the paint drying out.

1898 Dame Judith Anderson was found in a Bunyip's nest and went on to become a much celebrated actress, appearing a wide variety of theatre and screen gems, which may or may not include her role in Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, depending on your card-carrying trekkie fanclub views. More HERE.

1904 John Farrow, award winning Aussie film director, husband to Maureen O'Sullivan and father to Mia Farrow, was dropped off by the stork.More HERE.

1912 Thomas Reibey, former Tassie Premier, popped out for a Tosca permanently.

1914 Corio stuck its nose in the air and opened Geelong Grammar School.

1944 The very talented former Mr Liza Minnelli Peter Allen was pupped today. Read about his life HERE.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Toss into a shaker with shaved ice 10ml lemon juice, 15ml orange juice, 30 ml Grand Mariner, 30ml Light Rum and a dash of Grenadine Syrup. Shake and serve.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1954 The QEII and her consort Prince Phil did what they do best with a shovel and planted plane trees in Macquarie Place to mark the beginning of the Remembrance Driveway between Canberra and Sydney.

1965 The now late,great Billy Thorpe's version of Somewhere Over The Rainbow hit the number one spot on the Aussie music charts.

1973 The first legal Aussie casino,Wrest Point, opened its doors and the wallets of millions on this day in Hobart.

1981 The brilliant bowler Dennis Lillie became the best Test bowler when he notched up 249 wickets. Howzat!

1981 Townsville International Airport - the one in Qld not the Power Puff Girls version- opened for business today.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
BBQ Chocolate Bananas.
Peel bananas, push chocolate drops into the fruit, sprinkle with dessicated coconut then wrap in kitchen foil.
Throw onto the BBQ after all the meat has been cooked but while the hot plate is still warm, for 20-30 mins.
Unwrap and serve in a bowl with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.


  1. wow I didn't know Feb 10th was such an awesome day to get married -heehee. I will have to tell my husband.
    A very impressive day in history indeed.
    The BBQs bananas are a supreme delight.

  2. LOL Baby~Amore :)
    Those 'nanas are very more-ish ;)