Saturday, March 22, 2008

Trivial History March 22

Goooooooood morning ! A wonderful day is waiting to be explored although it may be a tad difficult from under your doona so get up outta bed...if my dogs won't let anyone sleep in, neither can you !razz

Today is the World Day For Water (remember,that wet stuff that falls from the sky HERE to find out more about it.

1810 Determined to learn them kids right a charity school was opened by Gov Macquarie in Parramatta.

Melbourne's Fitzroy Gardens has a Fairy Tree; carved into the trunk of a 300 year old Red Gum tree Ola Cohn, in 1931, created a santuary for all the fairies in Australia with dozens of elf-like creatures and Aussie animals, she dedicated it to "all living creatures".

1814 Yippie Aunty Mildred, no more bush bashing in the 4WD as the road from Sydney to Liverpool was finally completed.

1819 Goodness the peasants are revolting...Macquarie popped into the post to the Colonial Office a petition from the rabble 1,260 colonists who asked ever so sweetly for a new legal system that included trial by jury and (more importantly I suspect) the removal of restrictions on trade and distillation of grog.

Ghost spot-
Many have witnessed the ghosts of several hanged criminals and aborigines still going about their business near their graves in the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne.

1831 Australia's oldest school, The King's School was founded on this day and no doubt if you look closely in the dark recesses you'll find the original teachers and pupils still trying to master the 7 times table during their school day from 7am - 9pm.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Freeze a bottle of vodka and then slurp the heavy liquid into a tall glass with freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1818 John Ainsworth Horrocks, grazier, grape grower and explorer, was pupped. Read more about this chappie HERE or HERE.

1880 Crikey! They let sheilas women into universities in Melbourne ! Next thing you know they'll be letting them vote and become Deputy PM of the joint!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Fold a piece of shade cloth over and create a bag with it and wrap some cow/sheep manure in it, tie the top with string and dangle it in a large barrel of water. After a couple of days you'll have liquid fertiliser that can be safely diluted and watered around most plants. Keep topping up the water when needed.

1897 They had a bit of free time on their hands so Eddie Barton, future first PM of Oz, headed a chatfest to nut out what eventually became the Aussie Constipation Constitution.

1918 The Great Ocean Road Trust was formed at a public meeting, proving if you want something done, don't wait for the govt, do it yourself

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Browse the local library shelves for history books and let the kids open their book of choice at a random page and rummage through the information. As everything is linked to everything else, let them explore further information on whatever happens to take their fancy and see where and how far it leads them!

1922 Mr Box was a bit of a worry....he held a demo in Melbourne to show how to extract gas from your average bin of household rubbish. He's probably been agitating for installing piping in cows for methane gas extraction ever since...

1942 Katherine was bombed by the Japanese.

1947 Harry Vanda rocked into the world. With George Young, Harry has given us some fantabulous music over the years including The Easybeats
Flash In The Pan, Evie by Stevie Wright, Yesterday's Hero by John Paul Young (with some footage of vintage Melbourne!). After wandering down memory lane with the links to the various songs, read more about Harry HERE.

1986 Alan Bond, he of the dodgy memory, had a spare $232 million lying around so he bought up Thorm EMI. Nice pocket change!

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Healthy Sausage Rolls.
Buy frozen pastry, cut into size of choice.
Grind meat with assorted vegies (carrots, celery, onions, garlic,etc) in meat grinder and mix with 1 egg and worcestershire sauce thoroughly.
Spoon onto pastry and roll up, sealing pastry join with a fork and a little milk.
Bake on tray in moderate over for 30-45 mins or till golden brown. Serve with dead horse (sauce).


  1. I know I don't say a lot, but I really enjoy these little history lessons of yours! Makes me realise how little I actually know about this great country of ours, which is a bit sad really!
    Hope your Easter is brilliant by the way

  2. Thanks Mo :)
    Hope you had a great Easter too :)

  3. "Many have witnessed the ghosts of several hanged criminals and aborigines still going about their business near their graves..."

    That's what's known as a swingers' party. Pity they don't serve spirits...