Monday, February 25, 2008

Trivial History February 25

A glorious good day, good afternoon, good evening and good night to wherever you happen to be!

1802 Boston Bay in South Oz was desperately in need of a name so Matthew Flinders obliged when he tip toed around its edges.

1841 Bunbury was coming up in the world and became the next housing boom area when it was surveyed as a town site.

2 British soldiers in the early settlement of Or-stray-lia loved it soooo much and thought the convicts had it soooo easy they deliberately got themselves arrested for robbery to remain in the colony. The Governor obliged and sentenced them to 7 years hard labour on the condition they wear heavy leg irons and spiked collars that made sleeping lying down impossible. They did remain in Oz for the rest of their lives - one died after a few weeks from heatstroke and the other went mad and was detained in a mental asylum. Moral of the story - the grass is not always greener!

1841 Edward John Eyre had partaken of a rather rich, heavy lunch so he decided to walk it off with a 1,000 mile jaunt around the Great Aussie Bight and arrived in Albany in July just in time for morning tea.

1845 The bloke who would be 4th Prime Minister, George Reid, was hatched. Read about him HERE.

1848 Ludwig Leichardt and his party set off for a progressive dinner from the Darling Downs to cross Oz from east to west but they never made it for the starter soup.

Ghost spot-
In the old Post Office at Strahan, Tassie, resided the spirit of the former Clerk of Works Rupert Alabaster, who would gently touch customers and tourists with his chilly hands.

1855 Fred McCubbin burst forth into the world. Read more about this famous artist HERE.

1864 Blokes were finally able to sing "I've been workin' on the railroad" on Qld's first choo-choo track from Ipswitch to Toowoomba.

1890 Author Robert Louis Stevenson was enjoying his stay in Sydney soooo much he parked his posterior in the foyer of the Union Club and penned Father Damien, An Open Letter To The Reverend Dr Hyde of Honolulu. Download and peruse it HERE.

1902 Harry Breaker Morant was executed by firing squad in South Africa for following orders. Read his poetry HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When cleaning down stainless steel stoves and fridges, use bi carb of soda with a little water and give a final wipe over with a little vanilla essence on a clean rag.

1935 QANTAS started its international flights with a 'umble airmail flight to Singapore.

1938 Herb Elliot ran into this world. Read more about this marvellous sportsman HERE.

1954 QEII beamed down from the mothership to Melbourne and opened the second session of the 39th parliament between public waving engagements and being loaded up with rich spoils from the colonials given gifts from Australia.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Hot Buttered Yummy Rum.
In a bowl cream 1 teaspoon cinnamon,1 tablespoon of softened butter, a pinch of cloves, 1 teaspoon nutmeg and 2 cups brown sugar, keep stirring till firm then spoon equally into 12 small mugs. Pour 4 oz of rum into each, top with boiling water and stir like buggery. Serve with a smile.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1955 After a spot of rain the Hunter River burst its banks and shared 1.5 metres of the wet stuff with the town of Maitland, washing away 100 homes.

1956 Somewhere in USA there was a hen who needed a Bex and a good lie down after delivering a 453 gm egg

1961 After faithfully serving the community of Sydney for 100 years trams were sent to the sin bin, the last one trundling along between La Perouse and Rankwick.

2001 Our Don Bradman finished his final innings in Adelaide aged 92.

2003 Sisters were finally doin' it for themselves in Vic Parliament with Hon. Judy Maddigan MP becoming the first female Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Hon. Monica Gould MLC the first female President of the Legislative Assembly.

2004 Cheap in price and other things, the airline Jetstar was flung into the skies.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Easy Gravy from scratch.
Into a saucepan pop 4 teaspoons plain flour, 1 stockcube (flavour of choice) and a little hot water to mix. Stir thoroughly till all lumps are gone and add a little more water, stirring all the while.
Keep adding water till you get the volume you want, add seasoning and herbs to taste and gently simmer for 30 mins, stirring often to prevent any lumps.

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