Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Trivial History March 11

Good morning all you wonderful sprites, spirits and scamps!

1813 Needing to get rid of a few mother- in- laws the first cattle fair was held at Parramatta. *gasp* Was I thinking out loud again?!

Oddspot-
After flying from Auckland to Dunedin, in NZ, for the centennial celebrations of that town in 1948, 101 year old Mrs Nielson called on 102 year old Mrs McFarlane. The two ladies then drove to Waikouaiti to help celebrate Mrs Williamson's 100th birthday.

1843 Scratching about in the dirt during a brief 5 min break, tin was discovered near Beechworth in Victoria.

1845 The first Maori War took place, with British troops sent from Australia over to NZ's North Island to suppress an uprising by the Maori's against European settlers breaches of the Waitangi Treaty.

Ghost spot-
A small house at Blaxland Flat, near Grafton, NSW, is home to the ghost of a shepherd who, it is rumoured, once worked for Gregory Blaxland. Thundering horses' hooves can be clearly heard approaching the house followed by the kitchen door opening and closing with a slam and the glass and china rattling in the cabinets violently.


1871 Westralia's first railway line was opened, not by the government but by a private timber company, trundling along between Bussellton and Yoganup. For the first 6 months of its life it was a horse-drawn railway.

1871 The Overland Telegraph Party, having grown tired of square dancing their way across the desert, tripped over a spot now known as Alice Springs.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To protect small seedlings at night from snails and slugs cover the seedlings with an upturned plant pot and remove during the day.

1892 Nasty piece of work Frederick Deeming was arrested at Southern Cross - the Westralian town, not the Melbourne train station - for murder most foul. Google the creature as his deeds are not fit for decent folk.

1940 Coalminers spat the dummy and went on strike for higher wages and shorter working hours; as it was during a war this brewed not a little resentment and ill-will. The shemozzle strike wasn't sorted out until May.

1961 Monash Uni, in Melbourne and named after soldier and engineer Sir John Monash, was officially opened with a red ribbon, scissors and a bottle of champers flung against its side by Vic Premier Sir Henry Bolte.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Into a tall glass pour 2 oz vodka, 30 mls raspberry cordial and top with lemonade.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1969 Division 4, a cop drama set in Melbourne, arrested the viewing audience when it debuted on the idiot box today.

1970 Two Little Boys, the Rolf Harris song, hit the top of the charts in Oz and still holds the record as the fastest selling single in the UK with over 900,000 sold within a short 15 weeks. The song was originally written by Edward Madden and was based on a poem from the American Civil War.

Two little boys had two little toys
Each had a wooden horse
Gaily they played each summer's day
Warriors both of course
One little chap then had a mishap
Broke off his horse's head
Wept for his toy then cried with joy
As his young playmate said

Did you think I would leave you crying
When there's room on my horse for two
Climb up here Jack and don't be crying
I can go just as fast with two
When we grow up we'll both be soldiers
And our horses will not be toys
And I wonder if we'll remember
When we were two little boys

Long years had passed, war came so fast
Bravely they marched away
Cannon roared loud, and in the mad crowd
Wounded and dying lay
Up goes a shout, a horse dashes out
Out from the ranks so blue
Gallops away to where Joe lay
Then came a voice he knew

Did you think I would leave you dying
When there's room on my horse for two
Climb up here Joe, we'll soon be flying
I can go just as fast with two
Did you say Joe I'm all a-tremble
Perhaps it's the battle's noise
But I think it's that I remember
When we were two little boys

Do you think I would leave you dying
There's room on my horse for two
Climb up here Joe, we'll soon by flying
Back to the ranks so blue
Can you feel Joe I'm all a tremble
Perhaps it's the battle's noise
But I think it's that I remember
When we were two little boys


1983 Bob Hawke tried on the crown as the 23rd Prime Minister of Oz.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Go to an op shop and buy 3 old kitchen items and see if the kids can guess what they were once used for - IE old knife sharpener, flour sifter, jaffle iron, etc. Ask the kids to name their current-day counter parts and describe how the items have changed over the years but still perform the same function.


1996 John Howard tried on the crown also as 25th Prime Minister of Oz.

2001 Needing somewhere to store the relics that were once former PM's of Oz, the National Museum of Australia opened its doors for business.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Pasta Marinara.
Boil up multi-coloured pasta shapes of choice. Leave in the hot water.
In a large frying pan toss the juice of 2 lemons, chicken stock, mixed herbs, seasoning to taste, 1 tablespoon of butter and marinara mix.
Simmer gently, do not allow to boil.
Drain pasta and toss with marinara mix including the juice from the pan.

5 comments:

LiD said...

I haven't thought of that song for ages. Great words. Can't say the same for his rendition of "Stairway to heaven".

Brian Hughes said...

"After flying from Auckland to Dunedin, in NZ, for the centennial celebrations of that town in 1948, 101 year old Mrs Nielson called on 102 year old Mrs McFarlane."

She must have had incredibly strong arms for a woman of her age to fly that distance.

baby~amore' said...

constantly amazed how you manage to dig up such interesting trivia - I never knew that about two little boys song.

I found a site that might interest you and Feral -you get free publications /posters from Australian Govt.I emailed you at gmail.

Bettina said...

I had no idea so many things of interest happened on my birthday!

Tag you're it!

Details on my blog

Jayne said...

You think his Stairway To Heaven was bad?! You should hear his version of The Divinyls I Touch Myself - positively creepy!

And she could swat a naughty boys' backside from 50 paces too :P

Thanks Trish! That looks fantastic :)

Ohh Happy Belated Birthday Bettina!
Ok..I'll pop over to see who,what,where,when and why I'm it LOL.

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