Sunday, March 2, 2008

Trivial History March 2

Another glorious day to explore the local parks and Open Gardens Scheme, to discover just what is making your aspidistra sulk in the corner.

1788 Governor Phillip went for a casual stroll and did some naval gazing explored Broken Bay.

Ignoring rebukes from his parish priest and religious neighbours for working on Sundays, Christmas and Good Friday, Mr J.L. Rose of Brisbane built himself a 4 roomed house over 2 years. The night before he was due to move in it was struck by lightning and burned completely to the ground. There's a message in that for us - put your feet up today!

1851 Roll up! Roll up! The first census was completed just to find out that the population had exploded a tad with 77,345 bodies calling Victoria home.

Ghost spot-
An elderly lady who lived with her female companion in Power St Hawthorn was often overheard talking to herself and many assumed she was slightly dotty due to her advanced age until visitors began hearing the disembodied voice that would join in with their conversations, putting forward its own opinion but never answering direct questions. The voice became silent after the old lady's death.

1891 A group of agitating busybodies colonial representatives had a knees up in Sydney to form the rules of kiss chasey Aussie constitution. They tagged Sir Henry Parkes as 'it' the president.

1929 More than slightly displeased with the reduction in their hard won wages, NSW coal miners staged a strike that lasted all through winter (brrrr) until June the following year.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Time to get all forms of heaters and heating systems serviced and cleaned now to avoid possibly being suddenly without warmth during the colder months.

1959 Standing around leaning on shovels wasn't allowed as work officially began on the Sydney Opera House, although the old tram shed at Bennelong Point had gone the way of the Dodo the year before.

1972 The last RAAF flight out of Vietnam.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Irish Hot Chocolate.
Make a large mug of hot chocolate and slurp 2 oz of Bailey's Irish Cream into it. Garnish with marshmallows and serve with a smile.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1986 QEII put pen to paper and signed on the dotted line to cut some (but not all, of course) apron strings constitutional ties between Australia and Britain.

1987 The first ARIA Awards were staged held in Sydney to recognise popularity of the biggest airhead excellence and crap innovation in nothing but pissy pop music all genres of Aussie music.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Let the kids play the Oz Speller and Rainforest Maths online games for a few hours.

1996 The Evil Emperor and Darth Vader were joined at the hip Coalition were elected and the Death Star became operational John Howard became PM.

2004 And not a can of baked beans in sight...Cyclone Monty shared its lovin' with 210 kmph winds in Westralia.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Stuffed Tomatoes and Capsicums.
Scoops the innards out of each, discarding the capsicums bits but saving the tomato bits.
Boil rice in chicken stock,drain and mix with sauted onion,bacon pieces and the tomato bits.
Spoon into both tomatoes and capsicums, then place on a baking tray and top with grated cheese of choice.
Bake in a moderate oven for 20-30 mins, serve with a crisp green salad.


  1. "The night before he was due to move in it was struck by lightning and burned completely to the ground. There's a message in that for us..."

    Yes...his neighbours were secret arsonists.

  2. You mean they played with fire AND brimstone in their spare time ? :P