Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Trivial History February 6

Another wonderful day with the Feral Beastie studying Aussie history /SOSE year 10.
Yesterday he came to the very wise conclusion that he didn't like Macarthur,
"He sucked up to very important people and he was an evil trouble maker" ...LMAO he got no arguments from his mother on that one !!!wink
Somehow I can't see that particular character assessment going down well on an exam lol

Today is the Feast Day of St Dorothy, the patron saint of brewers, brides, newly weds, gardeners, florists and midwives....methinks St Dorothy is determined to see the human race procreate in one way or another. Say it with flowers...or beer ?!

It's New Zealand Day Waitangi Day in... you guessed it, New Zealandrazz
It's a public holiday to commemorate the signing of the Waitangi Treaty Treaty of Waitangi in 1840.

1788 Polish those boots and scrub behind your ears as the first female convicts dropped anchor at Port Jackson.

At Sydney 1903 a triple dead heat was re-run...and resulted in another triple dead heat with the same horses; High Flyer, Loch Lochie and Bardini.

1851 Today was dubbed Black Thursday to remember the horrific bushfires that burnt from near Melbourne to the South Oz border, killing 10 people. Melbourne recorded a temperature of 47 degrees C at 11am.

1866 Robert Edgell, he of the canned foods empire, was popped into the world. Read more of this well preserved chappie HERE.

Ghost spot-
Near the town of Collector, NSW, was the one and only sighting of a bushranger's ghost. Johnny Gilbert was one of Ben Hall's gang and had a lot of local sympathy until the brutal murder of the local policeman Constable Nelson.
Gilbert had borrowed a horse from a squatter promising to return it but was gunned down before he was able to fulfill it.
About 6 weeks after Gilbert's death the squatter and his men all heard loud noises from horses in the stables one bright moonlit night; running out they all witnessed Gilbert's ghost putting the sliprails back into position and simply fading into the night.
The horse Gilbert had borrowed had been returned to his stable.

1890 All the blokes from the Australasian colonies, even NZ, got together in Melbourne for a bit of tucker and a chinwag about Sir Henry Parkes' new fandangled ideas on Federation.

1893 Rumours of the Parliamentary Mace disappearing in a Melbourne brothel were setting fire to the city so a Board of Inquiry was cobbled together to investigate the theft. (I've often wondered why Great Uncle Rupert won't let me clean his attic...).

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Put fresh cheese in an air tight container with a sugar cube- this will absorb any moisture, preventing the cheese from becoming mouldy. Change the sugar cube each week as needed.

1906 Swim Between The Flags already !!! Bondi Surf Life Saving Club was born, the first of its type anywhere in Australia or the world.

1938 And this is why they're called Life Savers......Today was known as Black Sunday at Bondi Beach when several freak waves dragged 300 swimmers out to sea; 80 Life Savers managed to rescue all but 5 of the swimmers.

1952 QEII ascended the throne via the mothership and Torchwood.

1954 Bondi Beach played host to over 60 Life Saving Clubs in the biggest carnival Australia ever saw. QEII wrinkled her tootsies in the sand as she royally goggled at the Aussie and NZ Life Savers competing.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Amaretto Apricots.
Take 1 large tin of apricot halves (in syrup) and simmer gently in a saucepan, till the syrup is halved in volume. Let cool. Put apricots, syrup and 1/2 cup Amaretto Liqueur into a nice presentation bowl, cover and hide in the back of the fridge for 4 hours.
Serve with whipped cream on top.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1976 Patricia O'Shane celebrated becoming a fully-fledged barrister on this she was the first Aboriginal (and *gasp* a woman) to do so.

1978 Marcia Hines began warbling her top charting signature tune "Music is My Life"

1991 Smelling salts at the ready, boys ! Roma Mitchell, a WOMAN became the Governor of South Oz, the first FEMALE Governor of any Aussie state.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cheats Cheesy Vegetable Risotto.
Into a large saucepan of water toss in peeled and finely chopped vegies of choice, chicken stock and seasoning to taste. Bring to the boil and add rice.
Simmer till almost all moisture has been absorbed, then, stirring, add Baby Bel cheese rounds and a little milk.
Keep alternating milk and cheese until you reach the volume you wish.

1 comment:

  1. Oops, don't wanna sound pedantic! It's called WAITANGI DAY. Not New Zealand Day (Ima Kiwi). And yes indeedy, it is to commemorate the signing of the treaty. Thanks for making note of us fellas special day. Cheers :)