Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trivial History February 26

Greetings on another wonderful dawn mrgreen

1804 Good old souse Bobby Knopwood aka Rev Robert Knopwood did spaketh forth in Tassie's first church service on the current-day site of the Tasmanian Museum.

1830 Oh how simply spiffing, what-oh! The first serious game of cricket was held in Hyde Park where the Colonial Civilians soundly defeated the 57th regiment.

In the 1870's at the Newcastle Railway Yard it was a dangerous place to work - at one time there was a man with no legs and 6 men with only one leg each, all work place accidents with trains.

1837 An original voyage of the damned was a ticket on the migrant ship Lady McNaghten, which arrived in Port Jackson today with 134 deaths on board her decks during and after the not-so-delightful-sea-jaunt.

1838 The Fitzroy River in Westralia was just lying around waiting for someone to discover it when Commander John Wickham on HMS Beagle doffed his hat and obliged.

Ghost Spot-
Franklin Manor in Strahan, Tassie ,is home to the spirit of a young chap who did himself a nasty mischief when he heard he was going to be deported in the 1860's. Furniture is silently shifted about and a vague hazy figure is spied out of the corner of witnesses eyes.

1840 Seeing as Or-stray-lia had so much land to fill up 56 French-Canadian and a couple of Irish rebels from the Lower Canadian Rebellion won a free sea cruise on HMS Buffalo to be interred near current-day Concord, NSW thus blessing the colony with names like Exile Bay, Canada Bay and French Bay.

1866 Having his finger in a few pies that ruffled a number of feathers and put noses out of joint darling Governor Darling was asked ever so nicely to return to England, thank you verrry much,Darling!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Sprinkle salt around the outside of a garden bed to deter snails and slugs, replace when needed.

1882 With a 182 metre long platform and a clock tower without a clock, Albury railway station was finally completed (no clock?). It had hit hip pockets for £24,000 (but still no clock?) and in June 1883 the station hosted a massive gala party to celebrate the linking of Melbourne and Sydney by rail...but without a time piece handy.

1902 The Federation Drought had the populace on its knees already so they were given a public holiday to pray for rain while they were down there. Their calls were placed in a queue and answered as soon as an operator was available, which was June 9.

1928 John Ewart, Aussie radio and TV actor of wonderful repute, was found in a wombats burrow. Read more about him HERE.

1942 A float plane from a Japanese sub made a reconnaissance joy flight over Melbourne and Port Phillip Bay.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations -
Rubbery Chicken Bones.
Take the long leg bones of a recently enjoyed roast chicken and leave them in a jar of white vinegar for several days, you'll notice some bubbling action taking place -this is the carbon dioxide leaving the bones.
Tell the kids to take them out and tie the chicken bones in a knot!
Leave the bones out of the vinegar for a day or two and they will harden again (knot intact) from re-absorbing carbon dioxide from the air. Carbon dioxide combined with calcium carbonate is what hardens our bones while the vinegar is an acid that breaks it down.

1945 The Late Great Peter Perfect aka race car driver Peter Brock was hatched. Read more about him HERE.

1963 Miss Jane started looking in the mirror and hallucinating seeing people who were at home in their lounge rooms. No, it wasn't a bad dose of rocket fuel but the beginnings of Romper Room....see me walk so straight and tall, I won't let my basket fall.... Code Purple to Miss Jane's room....

1974 The original inhabitant of Oz, Mungo Man, gave up his boney passport as evidence when the thigh bone connected to the hip bone at Lake Mungo, NSW.

1985 A Surfer's Paradise nightclub (that sounds ominous already) was the venue for the first dwarf throwing contest in Australia....yep it just slid straight past the gutter and into the sewer.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Banana Bread.
Mash up 2 bananas in a bowl, throw in 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (yes you may lick the spoon), 1 cup of self raising flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1 egg.
Mix thoroughly then toss into a greased loaf tin and bake in a moderate oven for approx. 30 mins or till a skewer comes out clean.
Let it cool at least a little bit before snaffling your first "taste sample".


  1. Banana Bread - is on my to do list,a after I buy more eggs.

  2. I'll expect a piece in the inbox Trish lol ;)