Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Trivial History February 5

Good morning all and welcome to yet another day full of trivial incidents, discoveries that were pure gold and curiosities of weather...and the sun popping its head over the horizon was a bonusrazz

1827 Today Peter Lalor squalled his way into the world, later becoming the leader of the Eureka Stockade and a politician. Read more on old Pete HERE.

1851 Edward Hargraves left his missus minding the store when he went on a walk, met some chaps who'd discovered gold and he promptly took credit for it when he announced the find, starting the first Aussie gold rush. Isn't that your missus calling,Ed ?

Arthur Deason, grandson of gold prospector John Deason, who discovered the largest nugget in the world the Welcome Stranger, lived in Moliagul and had found gold also. His gold was such a small speck he suspected it was the smallest in the world.

1869 Richard Oates and John Deason were about to give up that prospecting malarky and bake a cake for afternoon tea when 69.92kgs of pure gold aka the Welcome Stranger nugget stubbed itself on their boots at Moliagul.

1869 Having trouble catching any fish with the bait he'd dug up in Sydney, G.W.Goyder popped into Port Darwin to survey the area for the town Palmerston, now known as Darwin.

Ghost spot-
An old vicarage (now a private home) in Ballarat was home to a devoted minister in the 1880's. After his death he kept his presence felt with scratching noises on the upper floors every morning at 3am.

1877 The Sydney Morning Herald was having a slow news day so it filled a page with Australia's first weather chart. Probably as accurate as todays...darts thrown at a board blindfolded!

1893 Melbournians rejoice! Today the town was connected to a sewerage system! Which still doesn't explain those floaties in Spring St...

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
As party favours for budding archaeologists, pop some small plastic dinosaurs into foil patty pans and fill with plaster of Paris. Make a map of Australia, cut out felt shapes to fit each state/territory and felt shapes of an Aussie dinosaur from each state. Kids enjoy this game while learning Aussie geography without knowing it!

1896 Henry Lawson's mother-dearest, Louisa, received the patent for a mail bag fastener today that, although freely used by the Post Office, was never acknowledged as hers nor was she showered in the dosh she was owed.

1905 How cold was it ? DAMN bloody cold ! A polar bear froze to death in the Chicago Zoo during a cold snap.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Bloody Mary Tomatoes.
Into an air tight container toss 300gms of cherry tomatoes with a cross cut on on the top, 200ml of vodka, 1 tablespoon of worcestershire sauce, a few drops of Tabasco sauce, and 1 tablespoon of sherry.
Let sit for several days in the back of the fridge then serve with toothpicks and Melba Toast.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1938 Crook your pinkie and roll a plum about in your mouth...The British Empire Games began in Sydney, these days known as The Commonwealth Games.

1941 Andrew "Banjo" Paterson gave up eating and drinking on this day. More of his wide ranging life HERE.

1946 In London's The Daily Mail newspaper they advocate atomic testing in Australia. Yeah, thanks guys...you wanna come clean up your mess now?

1960 Little Boy Lost was a TV movie based on 4 year old Steven Walls who went missing in the Aussie bush near Armidale in NSW. Over 5,000 police and citizens searched relentlessly, finding his cold and scared but very much alive 4 days later.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Easy Summer Pizza.
Put a little oil into a frying pan.
Put in a whole piece of round pita bread, coat with tomato paste, sprinkle favourite pizza toppings on it and cover.
Heat pan on medium,checking pizza; it should be ready in 5-8 minutes.
Light on cholesterol and calories and doesn't heat up the kitchen.


  1. I still cry every time I see the clip for Little Boy lost ... the tune goes over and over in my head ... tearing up now ...where's my Daddy

    when my cherry tomatoes grow I might try that recipe.

  2. Yes ! The song kept going through my head when I was writing it.

    It's perfect for when you have a glut of cherry tomatoes lol ;)