Sunday, February 24, 2008

Trivial History February 24

A beautiful day that began with the ending of some schlock horror movies at 4am and was resuscitated with a hot cuppa tea at 9, baking bread at 11 and vegie garden foraging planned at 2razz

1815 Land in the Land of The Long White Cloud was flogged off to Pakeha for the first time.

The current-site of Myers at 314 Bourke St, Melb was once bought by John Batman for £36.

1817 The sadly named Barron Field, who masqueraded as a Supreme Court Judge when not penning prose, rocked up to Sydney.

1838 9th Governor of NSW Guv Gipps trotted into office.

Ghost spot-
Munster House in Perth was the home to at least 3 sprits. One would frequently bob up in plays when the building was used as a theatre, another would quietly rearrange the theatre sets and the third would stomp and march loudly around the very top floor, slamming doors, screaming and throwing items like a frustrated scriptwriter.

1838 John Medway Day aka Judgement Day, journalist and Baptist minister, was sprung on the world. Read more about this interesting bloke HERE.

1842 The Native Police Force of 25 aborigines came into being today at Narre Warren near Dandenong.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Pure laundry soap bars are more effective than most laundry liquids and powders at cleaning clothes, are kind to the environment and are far kinder to your hip pocket.

1859 Cruising for some sightseeing the paddle steamer Gemini popped up the Darling River to Brewarrina.

1921 (take a deep breath and repeat after me) Col. The Right Hon. George Edward John Mowbray, Earl of Stradbroke, K.C.M.G, C.B, C.V.O, C.B.E, Aide-de-Camp to His Majesty The King was sworn in as Governor of Victoria (exhale).

1954 QEII beamed down from the mothership to Parliament House in Canberra for a spot of tea and scones.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Hot Chocolate Peppermint Schnapps.
Gently heat 1 litre of milk in a saucepan, add 100 gms grated chocolate, stirring till all melted.
Pour into decorative heat resistant glasses then add 2 oz peppermint schnapps to each glass, top with a small dollop of whipped cream.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1961 The NT police force got some serious arse-kicking material when 3 women started their police training today.

1978 QEII sailed into Sydney Harbour for the first time (the ship not Her Maj).

1981 Ohhh goodie! Let's set our watches by how long this one lasts...Buck Palace announced the engagement of Prince "Oh Camilla I want to come back as your tampon" Charlie and Lady "colonic irrigation gets me started for the day" Di.

1995 Cyclone Bobby did a number on the Westralian town of Onslow, dumping over 400mm of cloud juice on the town. Raindrops keep falling on my head....

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Pull Apart Bread.
Mix 3 1/3 cups plain flour with 2 teaspons yeast, add 1 1/2 cups warm water and work dough on floured surface for 10 mins.
Set aside in a bowl to double in size.
Knead for 2 mins, then break into small lumps and line the bottom of a loaf tin with the dough.
Add a layer of (cooked then cooled) onions, bacon pieces, capsicums and gratedcheese.
Add another layer of small dough pieces and continue alternating layers until 5mm from top of loaf tin.
Set aside to rise in a warm place, then throw in the oven for approx. 30 mins or till golden brown.
Serve, after cooling for 15 mins, with salads and BBQs.
*Use baking paper as the cheese will stick to the sides of the loaf tin.

Her Most Snort Worthy Naughtiness,Bettina from Dances To The Beet Of Her Own Drum, has given me some blog bling to pretty up the joint.
Thanks Bettina, you rock, you wicca'd woman you mrgreenrazz


  1. Ok, that was so interesting.
    How did you get into doing this sort of thing? THe Australian history part of it, I mean. It is truly amazing and I love reading all the different things.

    Also, thanks for the bloggy bling MWA! Sorry it's taken so long to say thank you.

  2. Thanks Tiff :)
    I've just always loved history!
    MWA back at ya, you deserve it ;)

  3. Never heard and read this history here before ... thanx for adding good stuff rather good information to my knowledge ... thanx



  4. Thank you and glad you enjoy it Aniruddha :)