Monday, March 10, 2008

Trivial History March 10

Wonderful warm day to you all!
A Total Fire Ban has been declared for the central region, which includes Melbourne. For more info, click HERE.

1788 French ships leave Botany Bay never to be seen again (wrecked in Vanuatu with all lives lost).

A possum encased in bees' wax was found in a hollow tree in the Adelaide Hills, S.A. Biologists figured out that the possum had disturbed a bees' nest and had then been stung to death with the bees covering the possum in wax to prevent it from polluting their nest.

1794 The Flogging Parson aka Rev Samuel Marsden rocked up in Port Jackson aka Sydney.

Ghost spot-
St Matthews Rectory in Windsor, NSW is home to frequent sightings of Samuel Marsden. Numerous reports of his ghost have found their way into print or by word of mouth, with plenty of witnesses to support the claims.

1877 Residents of Cloncurry, in Qld, were no longer villagers, they were city folk with the declaration of Cloncurry as a city site.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Wash your bedsheets first and save the water for a heavier soiled load; the bedsheets, if changed often, won't be very dirty and the water can be used for another load.

1884 Another ugly bit of history- Pacific Islanders were forbidden, by an outrageously racist law, to obtain any work other than that of a plantation hand. This law was a result of a riot that broke out at the Mackay Racecourse after Pacific Islanders were refused service at a bar where whites were drinking.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a tall glass slurp 2 oz ouzo, 1 oz Black Sambuca, top with lemonade and serve with a small bowl of licorice allsorts.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1908 Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Ernest Shackleton were tired of playing "I Spy" so they climbed Mount Erebus in Antarctica.

1931 Tired of waiting for the govt to actually do something constructive and wanting to lend a helping hand, the first Apex Club was born in Geelong.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Pack a cut lunch, favourite books, notebooks and park yourself in the park for the day. Get the kids to sit quietly and, while reading their books, watch the behaviour of the birds, compare the differences in appearance, sizes, population numbers, etc. The quieter they sit, the more the kids will notice and record in their notebooks. Later they can research the names and origins of the birds and work out if introduced species are invading/have invaded native birds' territories, etc.

1949 Lake George in Canberra felt the earth move when an earthquake shook its booty at 5.3 on the Richter Scale.

1959 Obviously looking into their crystal balls and listening to Peter Costello's decree to spawn more offspring have more children, the Aussie population officially reached 10 million odds, bods and sods.

1971 Billy McMahon put on the crown to become Australia's 20th Queen PM.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Get 2 slices of sandwich bread and make a sandwich.


  1. snigger*

    you called the PM a queen!

  2. Yep!
    If the crown fits that particular head.... ;)

  3. "Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David and Ernest Shackleton were tired of playing "I Spy" so they climbed Mount Erebus in Antarctica."

    "I spy with my little eye something beginning with 'S'..."

    "Wouldn't be 'snow' again would it Shackleton?"

  4. damn. Wish I had some Ouzo....

  5. Damn! You got it again, Brian :P

    It's so sweet you almost need an insulin IV on hand, Kelley lol ;)

  6. "1788 French ships leave Botany Bay never to be seen again (wrecked in Vanuatu with all lives lost)."

    Somebody must have seen them then to find that out.

  7. Oh alright, I should have phrased it "never to be seen in one piece again" :P
    The French Govt sent a search party out in 1793 - you can't rush these things!

  8. Can't say as I blame them for dawdling...they were only French after all.