Monday, March 17, 2008

Trivial History March 17

Hanging washing on the line after dark is not advised due to spiders tip-toeing and dancing around the lineseek

Happy St Patrick's Day!
Don't forget today is the day Aussie gardeners traditionally plant sweet peas, so get some in the ground mrgreen

1808 Bishop Barker - the bloke not the beer glass - was pupped today. Fred Barker became the Anglican Bishop of Sydney and, in typical Aussie fashion, his tea-totalling ways were completely respected in the naming of the biggest glass of beer in the late 1800's. Read more about Fred HERE.

1809 Bligh picked up his bat and ball and sailed, not for England as he'd promised those wiley NSW Corps, but for Hobart.

The power of Tuhoto Akike, a famous elderly Maori magician was on the wane when in 1886 he was buried by rubble from an eruption of Mount Tarawera. Dug out alive 4 days later, business began to boom for the old sorcerer again.

1826 Bushranger Matthew Brady, another naughty lad, was captured by John Batman near crystal ball tells me it'll all end in tears.

1843 Partying in style in Sydney during St Paddy's Day celebrations 2 Montgolfier balloons showed off gave an exhibition to wow the crowds.

Ghost spot-
At Paeroa in New Zealand several people reported sighting the spirit of a lost boy who drowned during the gold rush in the late 1870's. although no one has spied the ghost for at least 70 years.

1853 St Kilda road, Melbourne was the setting for many an armed hold up during the Victorian gold rush and today saw the last major robbery attempt...apart from the robbery real estate agents have been getting away with ever since. Read more about it HERE.

1908 A.W. Canning, a forward thinking type of bloke, set out to equip a stock route between Halls Creek and Wiluna in Westralia. It is now known as The Canning Stock Route, perhaps named after the chap who sunk 52 wells by the time he finished in December 1909.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Paint paling fences in shaded areas a white or light colour to reflect more light and heat onto any plants near them.

1910 Beating Harry Houdini by 1 day but being over-looked in the magician's smoke and mirrors, Fred Custance flew the first powered flight in a Bleriot monoplane in South Oz.

1942 General Douglas MacArthur rocked up in Darwin and established his headquarters in Melbourne...there went the neighbourhood.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Half fill a tall jug with ice cubes then add 2 cups cold black tea, the juice of 3 lemons, 20 mls vodka, 2 tablespoons brown sugar and some thin slices of lemon.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1943 General Douglas MacArthur more than slightly miffed the Aussies when he claimed that before he graced Aussie soil with his presence the govt was ready to hand the northern part of Australia to the Japanese.

1947 Little Pattie aka under-appreciated Aussie pop singer Patricia Amphlett, cousin to Divinyls singer Chrissie Amphlett and who once gave me a doll when I was a toddler, was born. Read more about Little Pattie HERE.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Send the kids back in time to live without electricity for 1 week. No tv, no computers, no games; for safety reasons use torches instead of real kero or oil lamps. Ask the kids to keep a journal of what they think and feel - are they bored or have they re-discovered old games, how limited was life in general before electricity was widely available, etc.

1969 Roma no aroma! Brisbanites were the sensible ones to be the first to use piped natural gas, piped in from Roma.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Line muffin tins with stuffing mix - breadcrumbs,herbs, seasoning to taste, and 1 eggs. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 mins, then let cool.
Finely chop and saute onions, mushrooms and tomatoes in butter with chives and lemon pepper seasoning. Spoon the mix into the stuffinf lined muffin tins and then sprinkle over with grated cheese. Bake in moderate oven for approx. 15-20 mins.


  1. There's a tradiational date for planting sweat peas?

    well bugger me over a wheelbarrow!

  2. PMSL OVER a wheelbarrow? Isn't that a little uncomfort...never mind.

  3. " 1886 he was buried by rubble from an eruption of Mount Tarawera. Dug out alive 4 days later, business began to boom..."

    That's what's known as bringing the house down.

  4. He floored the whole village in fact :P