Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Trivial History March 12

I'm getting the wind-up to vacate the computer for Feral Beast already!
I shall try to make this short and sweet, the judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.... maybe.

1773 Tobias Furneaux, second in command on Cook's second jaunt to the Pacific, was so impressed with Adventure Bay in Tassie that he parked his boat there for 5 days where he explored the bright lights and big city had the rigging overhauled, and wood and water collected .

Mr George Cann, who was in charge of the reptile section of Sydney's Taronga Zoo in the late 1940's, was bitten more than 400 times by poisonous snakes - but he loved them so much he kept 50 at home as pets.

1868 Having an issue or 3 Henry O'Farrell tried to do a nasty mischief to Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh while at a knees up in Clontarf in Sydney.

1904 Australia's first car race was held near current-day Sandown Park, Victoria, with Harley Tarrant rocketing across the line to the chequered flag in a twin cylinder car he built himself with the top engine pulling power of 8hp.

Ghost spot-
Near Geelong the little town of Fyansford was home to a vengeful spirit who ruined his own business from the grave.
In 1856 Tom Brock had almost finished building his hotel when his stepfather knocked him on the head-literally- but was only found guilty of manslaughter. The hotel was finished by new owners and it became a roaring success; situated on the way to the Ballarat goldfields it was full to the rafters each and every night.
Suddenly in 1862 it was closed up and everything was to be sold. Tom's ghost had been scaring the customers witless, to the point that no one was brave enough to bid on anything at the auction.
The hotel eventually fell down and Tom's ghost has disappeared along with his grave under the plough.

1913 Having named all her children, pets and lame ducks Lady Denman was the obvious choice to publically name and shame Canberra, the capital city that didn't then exist.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Polish soap scum from chrome in the bathroom with an old toothbrush and bi carb of soda.

1921 Edith Cowan was a woman who could roar and who was too big to ignore when she became the first woman member of any Aussie parliament.

1936 Westralia makes voting compulsory in state elections so they equally share the blame around for whoever gets in.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
In a large punchbowl pour 500 mls orange juice, 500 mls pineapple juice, 200 mls vodka, 100 mls cherry advocaat and top with tonic water.
Garnish with slices of lemons, limes and oranges.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1945 Johnny Young, he of Young Talent Time fame, was pupped.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Get the kids to read Seven Little Australians and Anne of Green Gables.
Get them to list the similarities and differences, and what has changed with children since those time periods.

1961 Swan Hill wasn't a sleepy hollow on the banks of the Murray River any longer - it was proclaimed a Town!

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Grind meat up in meat grinder, along with finely chopped vegies of choice. Mix thoroughly and add 2 eggs.
Line a loaf pan with sauteed onions and spoon the mince meat and vegie mix into it until approx. halfway. In the centre place 2 cups grated cheese and 1 cup crushed tomatoes.
Continue covering cheese until loaf pan is full.
Bake in moderate oven for 1 hour, covered with kitchen foil for the first 30 mins to prevent burning.


  1. "Get the kids to read Seven Little Australians and Anne of Green Gables."

    Anne of Green Gables? Now that's what I call being a cruel disciplinarian. The kids, quite rightly, would never forgive you.

  2. Nah, it's when they're made to read Margaret Thatchers' memoirs the revolt begins :P

  3. Margaret Thatcher's memoirs? That's not cruelty, that's unadulterated sadism.

  4. Swan Hill a sleepy hollow????
    Now let me tell you a thing or two....

  5. I love both Seven Little Australians and Anne of Green Gables.

    That meatloaf sounds excellent - I made your banana bread - yumm.

    My Little Drummer boys