Friday, March 7, 2008

Trivial History March 7

Another day, another singular rain drop on my head!

1836 Doodling in the back of an envelope with his pencils Robert Hoddle laid out the streets of Melbourne 1.5 chains wide (30 mts) with each block of land 10 chains wide.

For 30 years after a needle pierced and entered Mrs Watson's finger, in 1919, it travelled around her body, passing through her heart and was eventually removed from her thigh by a doctor. After Dr Nance removed it, Mrs Watson, of Colac, continued to use it for her various sewing needs.

1881 A Victorian Royal Commission looking into this problem of the Kelly Gang outbreak and the state of the police force began asking questions and probably didn't like the answers they were given.

Ghost spot-
In 1908, in Tingalpa, Qld, a family reported strange events in the house they were renting. Each night footsteps tramping along the verandah could clearly be heard, ending only when a locked door would swing open. They attempted to stop this nightly occurrence by nailing the door shut but the door continued to swing open without any effort. Many believed it was the ghost of the school teacher who had been murdered in the house nearly 30 years earlier.

1894 A Victorian Royal Commission looking into the water supply problem was established...obviously we're still waiting to hear the results!

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
In times of water restrictions, instead of using hot water bottles make some hot sandbags.
Sew up some bags in heavy duty material, filling them with clean sand. Place in the oven on baking trays (leaving the oven door open) for a few minutes then wrap it inside a pillow slip and place the hot sandbags in the bed.

1954 The latest craze amongst school boys was to place pennies on the train tracks to be flattened by QEII's special royal choo-choo doing the Locomotion on her tour of Oz.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Join children up as members of the local historical society and attend lectures, open days and tours. Kids enjoy learning about past events and changes when they can relate it to their immediate surrounds and access any amount of knowledge on their local area.

1977 QEII and Prince Phil started touring all over Or-stray-lia, but without the caravan and boat, to celebrate Liz's Silver Jubilee year.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Mock Duck.
Wet a pie dish and, keeping your hands wet throughout, line it with minced steak.
Fill the centre with a stuffing mix of breadcrumbs, herbs, onions, tomato and bacon pieces, then with wet hands, pat more mince steak on top.
Pop into the fridge for an hour or more, until it can be turned out of the pie dish.
Place in the centre of a warmed baking dish (with warmed olive oil) and bake in a moderate oven for 1 hour.
Serve with baked vegetables and gravy.


  1. "For 30 years after a needle pierced and entered Mrs Watson's finger, in 1919, it travelled around her body..."

    Bet it had a few good yarns when it finally got home.

  2. They still put coins on the tracks at the Zig Zag Railway - old steam trains in Lithgow.

  3. She was just an old sew and sew :P

    Ohh thanks for that info Trish!