Thursday, February 28, 2008

Trivial History February 28

Another day, another blog post and yet more trivial incidental history but none dealing with the mystery Yowie-Bunyip of Upper Comebuckta West...or is there ?
Perhaps you need to read on....razz

1788 First Aussie farm was set up at Farm Cove, (what an original name!) by a bloke who was tired of watching the waves at Port Jackson, Henry Dodd.

1790 John Irving was such a good laddie he won the lucky dip prize of being the first convict to be emancipated.

In 1982 a Melbourne high school student was visited by ASIO agents after he'd penned a school essay on the defection of Russian diplomat Vladimir Petrov in 1954. The 15 year old had written to a government office in Canberra who quite freely supplied him with top secret info on the whole she-bang. Strangely his essay was confiscated and returned with large sections missing.
Sure beats "the dog ate my homework".

1799 With settlers ignoring the previous warning on grog, Governor Hunter was forced to stamp his feet yet again and issue another order prohibiting the distillation of spirits. Party pooper.

1814 The settlement at Norfolk Island was abandoned due to the surrounds clashing with the decor and costing a packet to redecorate and run.

Ghost spot-
The St Vincent's Boys Home in South Melbourne had a vague, misty white figure that would wander up and down the corridores, making no noise but leaving a cold breeze in its wake.

1825 Governor Brisbane didn't like the Feng Shui of Redcliffe so he dragged the Moreton Bay settlement over to the current-day site of Brisvegas.

1851 The Anti-Transportation League got its own letterhead and secret handshake after grouping together anti-transportation groups from Tassie and Victoria.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
If you ever get overwhelmed with the volume of paintings the kids bring home from kinder and school, ask them to choose which ones they'd like to use as wrapping paper for presents for birthdays and Christmas.

1874 The Aussie butcher from Wagga Wagga, Arthur Orton, who tried claiming he was the long lost heir to a fortune was found guilty of perjury.
Read more about the bizarre case of The Tichbourne Claimant HERE.

1890 Yowie ? Bunyip? Bad dose of home brew? You be the judge -
The Argus published a list of names of very credible witnesses who stated they eyeballed a 30 foot tall monster wandering about the wilds near Euroa. The Melbourne Zoo organised a group of over 40 blokes who went forth, armed to the teeth with a net, but, alas, only enormous tracks were found to tease the unsuccessful hunters. More HERE.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations -
Get the kids to make pizza from scratch. They need to read the recipe, use maths to work out the measurements, learn science and biology when the yeast grows and rises and learn about healthy foods. Then they get to eat their "school" work!

1959 Six O'Clock Rock, the rock music show, debuted on ABC TV. The show terrified parents and teenagers, who didn't know they were teenagers, rejoiced.

1973 Legislation was passed with the breakfast prunes to lower the voting age in Federal elections from 21 down to 18.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Orange Tea Cocktail.
Into a warmed brandy glass pour 1 oz Amaretto, 1 oz Grand Mariner then top up the glass with Orange Pekoe Tea. Serve with an orange wedge and a smile.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1977 The first Aussie open range zoo, Western Plains Zoo near Dubbo, was opened, although it was missing the monkeys and organ grinders as they were busy in Canberra.

1980 After a swift, sadly short 5 weeks on air, the brand new Channel 10 made the decision to cease life support to its new soapie Arcade over something called "piss poor ratings".

1993 Victorian road rules finally caught up with the rest of the nation when cars turning left at intersections had right of way over those turning right...riveting, I know...zzzzzzzzzzz.

2004 Central City Film Studios flung open their doors for business in Docklands, Melbourne.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Fish.
Clean, gut and decapitate your fish. Wash and dry then lay it in a sheet of kitchen foil.
Sprinkle liberally with ground cloves, finely chopped onions, seasoning to taste, a bay leaf, the juice of 1 lemon and 2 tablespoons of white wine.
Wrap the foil around the fish like a parcel and bake in a moderate oven for 45 mins.
Serve with steamed spuds in their jackets and green beans.


  1. "The St Vincent's Boys Home in South Melbourne had a vague, misty white figure that would wander up and down the corridores, making no noise but leaving a cold breeze in its wake."

    We have a similar apparition in our local grocers on pension day.

  2. LMAO
    I wonder if Derek Acorda popped in to visit the local Tesco's if he'd have a few visions? :P

  3. The odd spot is good. It just sounds so typical of government departments.

  4. Derek Acorah has visions wherever he long as there's a paying audience.

  5. Shhh Andrew...and don't answer that knock that's about to sound at your door!

    *slaps wrist for bad spelling of a bad psychics name*
    I think he's been possessed of more spirits than found on the top shelf of a bar, Brian :P