Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Trivial History February 19

Good morning you greatly good guys and gals mrgreen

1804 David Collins decided to up sticks and shift his non-Corey Worthington organised party to Sullivan Cove in Tassie.

1852 That glittery gold stuff that gets the population so excited was tripped over in Beechworth.

1877 A few glasses and stumps were raised when the patent for the stump-jump plough was registered in South Oz.

Ballarat's roads were made up of refuse quartz classed as rubbish by miners but eagle-eyed prospectors started finding a bit more than specks along the roads when it was swept; so much so that in the 1850's Ballarat Town Council were forced to pass a by-law prohibiting men from sweeping away the roads.

1883 Sir William Robinson was having a bad hair day so he decided to cover it up by popping on the South Oz Governor's hat.

1894 The Sydney Anarchy Trial found several well-known chappies were a bit naughty for flogging editions of the anarchist newspaper Hard Cash that cast aspersions upon trustees of the Savings Bank of NSW. Tsk tsk tsk. Because banks are always so trust-worthy during a depression... aren't they? Of course 2 chappies in particular were let off the hook...future NSW Premier Jack Lang and future Prime Minister Billy Hughes. More HERE.

Ghost spot-
A guesthouse at Medlow Bath, NSW, was once home to the spirit of a milkman who died suddenly whilst delivering the milk to the kitchens. His spirit has not been seen since the owners in the 1980's pasteurised exorcised the building.

1911 Hollywood actress Merle Oberon was hatched in Tassie....or was she ? Read more about the woman who reinvented herself more times than Madonna's had a leg wax HERE.

1942 First Japanese air raid on Darwin, approx. 250 killed. It was the first of 64 bombings for that town.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
For cleaning really dirty hands rub a little olive oil and sugar all over the skin and nails, this will help shift even the stubbornest of grease and dirt.

1969 Some bloke was seen leading animals onto his boat 2 by 2 when Darwin had a spot of rain with 125mm throwing itself from the sky within 24 hours. 1 inch fell in 5 mins...impatient little buggers!

1972 Paul McCartney's tune "Give Ireland Back To The Irish" was, for some reason, in 25 words or less banned immediately by the BBC . Just can't figure that one out....

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Apple Cream.
Into a glass pour 30ml apple liqueur and top with brandy and whipped cream.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1980 Lead singer of AC/DC Bonn Scott died far too young after imbibing far too much of the giggle juice.

1983 The scary boogy monster under the ALP bed became known as Westralian Premier Brian Burke on this day.

1996 Rob Borbidge threw his hat into the ring and came away as the 35th Premier of Qld.

1998 Zali Steggall broke the drought and took home the first individual Winter Olympic medal for the Aussies when she won Bronze for the downhill slalom.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Sift 350 gms of plain flour into a bowl and add 2 teaspoons of baking powder. Rub in 115 gms butter then add 1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper, 100 gms grated cheese and a little of iced water just to bind it all together.
Roll out till 5 mm thick and cut into rounds. Place on greased tray and prick the tops with a fork, bake in a hot oven till golden.


  1. Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
    For cleaning really dirty hands rub a little olive oil and sugar all over the skin and nails, this will help shift even the stubbornest of grease and dirt.

    This tip would cut so many sales for the Cosmetic industry. Makes you realise just how pampered and silly we are.

  2. thanks I will tell my DH that one about hand cleaning.

  3. The original tip was to use dripping or lard but I figured olive oil was probably found a bit more frequently in kitchens these days lol.

    Yep, Nikki, we sure are!

    Dad says it worked wonders on muck from cars and the like, Trish ;)