Monday, February 18, 2008

Trivial History February 18

Gooooood morning all you bright little butterflies and a HUGE Happy Birthday to my old mate Julie who is turns a sprightly 104 99 75 43 today lol

1793 Determined to give them kids some learnin', the impatient Rev Richard Johnson opened the first school in the colony in an unfinished church in Sydney. THEY JUST HAD TO YELL A LITTLE OVER THE SOUNDS OF THE CONSTRUCTION SITE...I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C..

1796 Being a wee bit adverse to getting his nails broken and fingers dirty, Scottish martyr Thomas Muir did a bunk in the American ship "Otter".

The first newspapers produced in Melbourne (The Melbourne Advertiser) and Westralia (The Fremantle Journal and General Advertiser) were written in pen and ink by hand, by John Pascoe Fawkner in Victoria and James Gardner in W.A.

1883 Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End. Read more HERE

Ghost spot-
The Mitre Tavern in Melbourne has a resident female ghost who is often sighted walking through the building and on the balcony. She was Connie Waugh, the mistress of Sir Rupert Clarke and did herself a nasty mischief in the Tavern where she flits to this day.

1884 Mary Marlowe, Aussie actress, reporter, journalist and author, was dropped off by the Bunyip. Mary was the original Kate Rudd in the very first adaptation of Steele Rudd's "On Our Selection". Read more on Mary HERE.

1911 Beech Forest became home to the very first Bush Nurse, Mary Thompson, who no doubt patched together a great number of people in Australia's first Bush Nursing appointment.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you're having trouble pushing a safety pin through a nappy or other cloth, run the pin downwards across your scalp and the natural skin/hair oil will help ease the pin through.

1930 In Missouri a cow, Elm Farm Ollie, was taken aloft in a plane and milked. Read more HERE.Biting my tongue and moving right along....

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Ritz Bar Fizz.
Into a champers glass pour 1 oz pineapple juice, 1 oz grapefruit juice, 1 teaspoon Grenadine syrup and top with champagne.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1958 200,000 people went to Brisbane to peer at an old gal known as the Queen Mum.

1963 Not to be outdone by the old gal, QEII and Phil the Greek beamed down from the mothership for some Aussie lovin'.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Lamb Shanks.
An easy and cheap meal for colder months.
1 shank per person, braised in a frying pan with tomato paste, herbs and spices to taste, chopped onions and water to form a gravy.*Also an excellent dish in which to hide finely chopped greens for fussy eaters.
After the shanks are braised all over and a thick gravy has begun to form in the pan, transfer the whole lot to a large casserole dish or large pot and add more water.
Cook, covered, in oven (casserole dish) or on stove top (saucepan) for at least 1 1/2 - 2 hours.
For the last 20-30 mins uncover.
Serve with mashed spuds.


  1. I would have to eat more than one my dear -they sound delicious ! I am making them very soon.
    I will have the bread with it to soak up the gravy.

    Richard Johnson has a school named after him in NSW now.

    Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints -should include a Snappi - no more pr*cks in the fingers or scratched scalps.

  2. LOL You'll have to make the bread to go with the gravy :P

    Gawd Great Aunt Hepzibah hasn't moved into the 20th century yet, let alone the 21st ! lol ;)