Thursday, March 13, 2008

Trivial History March 13

Having worked like a navvy in the garden since 8am to beat the nasty heat, I am declaring myself officially knackered!

Today is a Total Fire Ban in most areas of the state of Victoria, click HERE to check your area.

1827 Put away your candle for your after midnight stroll, Mavis, general oil street lighting was turned on in Sydney.

Captain James Kelly, who circumnavigated Tassie in an open boat in 1815, was so larger than life that when he made abet his trousers could hold 5 bushels of wheat he won - with plenty of room to spare.

1852 Edward Bulwer Lytton Dickens was pupped. Youngest and favourite son of author Charles Dickens, Eddie upped sticks and parked himself on Aussie soil with another brother Alfred. Edward became well-known in the Aussie wool industry and a politician. Read more about him HERE.

Ghost spot-
At the Oatlands cemetery, in Tassie, a female spirit in convict dress and wearing a mop cap often stops passers by to tell them that she is waiting for her brother and have they seen him ?

1856 You can stop dressing up like dear old Ned when casting your vote - the Victorian Electoral Bill was passed with the breakfast prunes to allow for a secret ballot!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Use water spikes in the garden as well as around trees; fill the bottle with water and a little liquid fertiliser and the fluid will reach the root system properly without evaporating in the heat.

1884 Don't start throwing the rice and confetti just yet - Daisy Bates got hitched to Breaker Morant but she soon kicked him to the kerb after he "forgot" to pay for the wedding and nicked some oinkers and a saddle.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Into a chilled jug mix lemon, lime and bitters with a bottle of chilled white wine, top with ice cubes and the juice of 1 lemon.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1958 The very last Aussie-built steam train started earning its keep on the Brisvegas rail network.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Collect a few bags of gum nuts, get the kids to drill holes in the top of them, paint them any colour they like and string them on fishing line and attach to a curtain rod to use as a summer fly drape, or with bells on the end as wind chimes, or as a garden decoration, necklace, bracelet, or anything your imagination can conjure.

1969 Back away slowly from the tin of baked beans - they finally started piping natural gas from Bass Strait, saving many from being dutch ovened on a cold winters night.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Puree a tin of pink salmon with chopped spring onions, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Add 2 drops of Tabasco sauce, 2 tablespoons of chili relish, mix thoroughly and leave in fridge to chill.
Boil pasta shapes, drain and cool under cold water. Add salmon mix to pasta with some finely chopped lettuce leaves.
Serve with BBQ chops.


  1. Hope you get a lovely afternoon........ inside......... in the cool

  2. I've no idea where you get all this stuff from, but have you ever considered compiling it all into a book?

  3. Last Steam train made in Australia. Now I wonder if they kept it or scrapped it. Apparently they have done some crappy things with lovely old engines like burying them in embankments and using them as break waters (is that the right term?) Loving this stuff.

    Brian above is right. You could fill volumes.

  4. LOL Thanks Bettina - inside was nice and coooool ;)

    I'm a bit of a scavanger with trivial stuff Brian lol.

    Yep, loads of beautiful engines are landfill and break waters LiD *sob*.

  5. You're very brave to be in the garden... I'm avoiding it until the heat wave passes... and boy do I hope it passes soon!!