Friday, March 14, 2008

Trivial History March 14

It's a stinker today folks, with the whole State of Victoria declared a Total Fire Ban area.
Click HERE for verification and HERE for what you can and can't do during a Fire Ban.
Don't forget to keep up the fluids throughout the day too!

1831 Surprise! No, really... Surprise, the first paddle steamer knocked together by the chippies in Sydney, was launched.


William Broughton, the first Bishop of Australia, inherited the largest Church of England diocese in the world 1836 - the Aussie mainland, Tassie and Norfolk Island.

1836 Charlie Darwin took his bat and ball and left our shores when HMS Beagle set sail for the horizon.

Ghost spot-

A former pub which is now a museum in Queenstown, Tassie, has the usual thumps, bumps and locked doors creaking open without any rational explanation. The building was briefly used as a hospital during the influenza epidemic in 1919 with many a spirit departing this life only to hang around with the liquid spirits for years to come.

1869 The 3rd Maori War ended when Titokowaru was defeated.

1912 Geelong was electrified! Well, their trams were at least.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-

Throw about 1 teaspoon of minced garlic into the chook's food mash each month to help worm them.

1933 The Archibald Fountain, bequeathed to the city of Sydney by The Bulletin's editor/owner J.F Archibald, was handed over in a carrier bag to the weight lifting people of Sydney. The fountain commemorates the friendship between Australia and France that was cemented during WW1.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-

Grab a bottle of beer.

Open it.

*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1941 Needed for obvious reasons at the time, the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital opened for business.

1942 Horn Island in the Torres Strait featured as a bomb target of the Japanese, just one of 9 times the island was hit with air raids.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-

On hot days when mental gymnastics are impossible let the kids lie around under the breeze of a fan and read their favourite authors.

1956 The Federal Govt, believing in squeezing blood from a stone, started squirrel gripping the public by upping the tax on cars, petrol, tobacco and grog.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Lightly fry finely chopped bacon and onion. Set aside to cool.
Into a large bowl toss shredded lettuce, spring onions, grated carrot, radish and cheese.
Add the bacon and onion, stir in 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, juice of 1 orange and season to taste.
Serve with crusty bread rolls.


  1. "The fountain commemorates the friendship between Australia and France that was cemented during WW1."

    Judging by some of the comments left by Ozzies around the Internet, some of that cement could do with a bit of repointing.

  2. Or some of the Aussies could do with cement shoes ? :P (goodness who said such a nasty thing?!)