Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Trivial History March 5

Hope you've had your weetbix and got your thinking caps on, it's World Maths Day!

1803 Australia's first fish and chip wrapper newspaper, The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, was born, published by George Howe.

The Considerate Canon of Willoughby certainly earned his nickname when, on a wet Sunday in 1930, Canon Begbie put his car and his son as chauffeur at the behest of his entire congregation. It took over 22 trips and a few hours but the whole flock were eventually delivered home safe and dry.

1804 Castle hill, Parramatta and surrounding areas were declared a bogan paradise under martial law as The Battle of Vinegar Hill was fought between rebelling Irish convicts and NSW Corps.
Read more about the rebellion HERE.

Ghost spot-
An old weatherboard house in Attadale, near Fremantle, infrequently played host to the ghost of a man. Dressed in dirty, stained rags the spirit would briefly wander around the garden, kicking over clods of dirt and mutter quietly to himself. Since the house was demolished in the mid 1980's and the site considerably developed, the man and his muttering have not been seen or heard.

1823 Drovers rejoiced at the news a droving road between Richmond and Newcastle was open for business.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Have all vehicles thoroughly serviced for the coming winter months, with particular inspections on tyres and brakes.

1824 The heavy hand of the law arrived in the form of the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Francis Forbes.

1829 The last survivor and mutineer of the Bounty mutiny, John Adams, died aged 62.

Great Uncle Rupert's Ripper Refreshments-
Into a shaker throw freshly chopped mint leaves, ice cubes, juice of 1 lime and 1 oz vodka. Shake vigorously then pour into a tall glass and top up with tonic water.
*Great Uncle Rupert advocates responsible service of alcohol and drinking in moderation.

1854 The St Vincent de Paul Society was born.

1868 6 nurses trained by She Who Must Be Obeyed Flo Nightingale, including Lucy Osburn, set foot on Aussie soil, with Lucy Osburn credited with later founding Aussie nursing.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Making plastic in the kitchen.
In a saucepan heat 1 litre of milk, then add 50 ml of vinegar.
You'll notice flakes separating from the milk - this is casein, the natural protein found in milk.
Filter the liquid through a paper filter ( like a coffee filter) saving the casein flakes.
Scrape the flakes into a mould of your choice and leave it to harden.
You've made a plastic object!

1892 Les Cole, world famous magician, was born. Read more about this highly regarded entertainer HERE.

1954 Today marks the date Percy Buttons, a street performer from Perth, popped his clogs. Percy was an acrobat who lived on the streets and earned a pound or 3 by entertaining the passing crowd with his tumbling skills. Read more about this tough but kind man HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dessert Cake.
Make 2 plain 8 inch round sponge cakes, leave to cool.
Turn on their round sides and cut in half, so you have 4 rounds.
Smother blackberry jam and whipped cream on 3 of the sponge rounds, sandwiching them on top of one another. on the top surface generously coat vanilla icing sugar all over and down the sides.
Hide in the back of the fridge for several hours.
Serve each slice with fresh strawberries and an extra dollap of whipped cream.


  1. Sorry to obsess with the food side of your blog two days in a row but I have just read your dessert cake recipe and now I am going to find me a light and fluffy sponge full of jam and chilled cream. I will have to dig out the sieve and heat up the oven. See what you have done. :)

  2. LOL LiD!
    Let me know how it turns out ;)

  3. "Dressed in dirty, stained rags the spirit would briefly wander around the garden, kicking over clods of dirt and mutter quietly to himself."

    Sounds more like somebody who'd imbibed too many spirits than a spirit in his own right.

    "Percy Buttons, a street performer from Perth, popped his clogs."

    He should have been called Percy Press-stud really then..

  4. LOL the inhabitants of the house used to complain about a drunken trespasser till they realised what he was.

    Poor old Perce was good value ;)

  5. yes world maths day........ I've been hearing all about it leading up to the day. There was a website that all the kids in CJ's class were going to log onto and do whatever mathy type stuff they had on there to do but on the day the website crashed and only two kids got on. What a let down after all that hype!