Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Trivial History March 26

1802 Having run out of people he could brown nose name things and places after, Matthew Flinders named Investigator Strait after...(drum roll)...his ship.

Joseph Wyatt was a former convict who'd made good and it was pretty obvious when he threw open the doors of the Royal Victoria Theatre in Sydney.

1856 The first intercolonial cricket match between NSW and Victoria was slugged out at the MCG. NSW won with 3 wickets in hand.

A farmer at Bringelly, NSW in 1982 complained he was getting phone calls but that the phone wasn't ringing. When asked how he knew there was a call, he claimed the dog would jump up and down.
Examining the dog the telephone techies discovered he was attached by a chain to a long piece of wire that gave him the scope to run up and down.
Except one end of the wire was hooked to the phone line and each time it rang the dog was getting 40 volts.

1857 A really bad start to his day for Inspector-General John Price was being attacked and killed by convicts, from the ironically named prison hulk Success, at Gellibrand Point near Williamstown.

1866 Barcroft Boake, a stockman who was a wonderful poet greatly admired by Banjo Paterson, Henry Lawson and countless other peers, was born. Read more about this hugely talented but deeply troubled bloke HERE.

1873 Oh how golly! Legislation passed with the breakfast prunes in Britain allowed Aussies to impose preferential and differential duties on colonial goods...something the govt has completely forgotten about in current trade talks with overseas fruit growers. Read more HERE.

Ghost spot-
Near the Campbelltown Police Station there once stood an old hotel that many elderly locals claim had attic rooms with walls decorated with bloody handprints that could never be scrubbed off.

1909 Vastly talented Aussie actor Chips Rafferty, who was outed at Graham Kennedy's funeral, was pupped today. Read more about this wonderful bloke who died far too young HERE, HERE and HERE.

1927 The Duke and Duchess, sans corgis, who later became King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mum, arrived on their broomsticks in Sydney on a visit to all Aussie states.

1936 For Widdle Shamrock and collected cast in The Land of The Long White Cloud....The first broadcast of New Zealand radio was flung out into the airwaves.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Condensed milk can be whipped like cream for cake fillings if heated gently for 10 mins then allowed to cool completely.

1962 Golden haired radio personality John Laws took his golden tonsils to the hospital as he was paralysed down his right side from polio.

1982 Aussie PM Malcolm Fraser fell off the twig a bench in the Treasury Gardens in Melbourne. Never mind Malcolm, as you reminded us -Life wasn't meant to be easy.

1984 The Aussie $100 note, of which there is far too few in my wallet, was popped into circulation.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Explore the evolving styles of clothing that were influenced by changing politics and social attitudes. Discuss how women were constrained by law at the same time as constrictive clothing was the norm, and how styles have changed to reflect the increased equality of women. Has children's clothing changed very much and, if so, is it better or worse today?

2001 Victorian and NSW State Cabinets had a knees up in Albury to celebrate removing Victoria from NSW 150 years earlier but, obviously missing each other terribly, they announced the merger of the Albury and Wodonga councils.

2006 The long jump was over, the cycling was done, and the Pippy Longstocking Hurdling Your Grandmother While Crocheting A Duvet Race was complete when the 2006 Commonwealth Games finished in Melbourne with Oz winning a total of 84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze medals.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Sweet and Sour Tuna.
Line a greased casserole dish with cooked, cold rice and fill with a mixture of 1 400gm tin of drained tuna, half a cup of cooked peas finely chopped and cooked celery, carrots, spring onions, leeks and chives.
Mix half a cup of white sugar, half a cup of vinegar into a white sauce. Spread more cold, cooked rice over the top of the tuna mix, top with white sauce then half a cup of pienapple pieces and juice over the whole lot.Sprinkle with asparagus tips and finely chopped bacon bits, bake in a moderate oven for 20 mins.


  1. Rafferty wasn't outed at Kennedy's funeral to me, but he is now.

  2. A lot of people missed the subtle comment in Mike McColl's "fax from heaven" speech...but Mum and Dad told me years ago it was general knowledge that Chips was "married for convenience".