Saturday, February 16, 2008

Trivial History February 16

Yet another lovely day with the possibility of rain in the east, cockatoos from the west and the moon landing in the north....

Patron of one of the numerous plagues running amok at the time Pope Gregory ordered that when a person sneezed, people should say "bless you".

1791 The first of the Third Fleet set off on a Sunday sailing jaunt to Or-stray-lia with *gasp* female convicts. Better scrub behind your ears and knees, boys!

A Newcastle taxi driver found the back seat of his cab on fire one day in 1953 so he did what any right thinking driver would do - he floored it and delivered the outbreak to the doorstep of the local fire brigade headquarters.

1793 As he was forever sticking his nose into public affairs Macarthur was made Inspector of Public Works.

1804 Having nothing better to do, David Collins was made Lt-Governor of Van Diemen's Land.

Ghost spot-
The district now known as Junortoun near Bendigo was originally named Homebush after the extensive estate of the same name. Friendly and welcoming, at least 2 inhabitants of the original homestead used to be seen waving to travellers in the late afternoon.

William Winspear, poet, journalist and socialist was hatched. Read more about this chappie HERE.

Poking and prodding underground brought Jeremiah Wilson into the Imperial Cave at Jenolan near Sydney.

1904 Tommy Bent popped up as Premier of Victoria.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you have researched your family tree and have plenty of photos, a wedding /christening gift with a difference is to give an album filled with photos and a detailed family tree. That way many people have the information and are able to add to it as children are born.

Aussie novelist and playwright Hal Porter was pupped. Read more about this author HERE.

1933 England regained the Ashes from the Aussies with head-hunting tactics called bodyline.

1942 Sister Vivian Bullwinkel survived the Banka Island massacre.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Pink Angel.
Into a shaker pour 30 ml cream , 15ml cherry liqueur, 15ml Advocaat, 30ml white rum, ice cubes and 1 egg white. Shake vigorously, then serve with a strawberry on the side of the glass.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1983 Ash Wednesday. 200 fires roared over south-eastern Australia. 75 lives lost.

2002 Steven Bradbury won the first Aussie gold medal in the Winter Olympics speed-skating after a pile up in aisle 3.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
French Onion Dip.
Take 1 tub of plain cream cheese and mix through 1 packet of dried french onion soup.
Same may be done with dried chicken soup.


  1. I wish more people had taken notice of Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints - it would make tracing family history so much easier!

  2. LOL Sue - I hear ya after months spent crouched over spidery handwriting, State Library records and the most bizarre mis-spellings of people's names imaginable!