Sunday, April 20, 2008

Trivial History April 20

Another "boy free" day as the males head off to the city for some fun educational stuffs, after the local RSL holds its Anzac march.mrgreen

1836 John Batman and family, having searched for pastures greener, washed up in Port Phillip and parked their bums on Batman Hill.

1841 The world's first detective story, Murders in The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, was published and got the world addicted to a good detective yarn right there and then.

1875 Southport, QLD was flogging of its blocks of land for huge, whopping amounts like 5 or 10 pounds.

1887 The first motor vehicle race took off in France...with just the one, single, all-on-his-lonesome entrant.
I wonder who won?

1894 The women of today can thank the women of yesterday for getting together and forming the Women's Suffrage Society ...and for the fact they kicked some male, chauvinistic arse along the way from then till now.

1906 A wombat popped its clogs at the London Zoo, aged 26; the oldest known marsupial in captivity apart from Camilla.

1908 44 lives were lost in a horrific collision between a Ballarat and Bendigo trains at Sunshine station, and over 500 injured. At 3pm today there will be a memorial service at Sunshine station to mark the 100th anniversary and the unveiling of a plaque remembering those lives lost.

1915 The first Aussie Flying Corps, full of young lads, left for Mesopotamia.

1954 Mrs Petrov saw the light and hopped back off the plane to seek political asylum with her hubby in Darwin.

1965 Budget Rent A Car was born, on the corner of La Trobe and Elizabeth Sts, Melbourne, the going rate was 6 shillings per mile.

1986 Believing in public transport, The Queenslander train began zipping along between Brisbane and Cairns

1996 Winnie-the-Pooh's best friend, Christopher Robin (Milne) passed into the 100 acre wood for the final time.


  1. Moo did a whole term on Women's Suffrage and she suffered I tellz ya! LOL

  2. And you suffered right along with her, didn't ya Kelley ? Furthering women's suffrage just that little bit more lol.

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  4. "The world's first detective story, Murders in The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, was published."

    Read it. The butler did it...dressed up as an ape.

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    Damn mean it wasn't Colonel Mustard in the library with the candlestick? :P

  6. And I was hoping it was Miss Scarlet in the conservatory with a stilleto heel....... lol

    I didn't realise we had our own Batman and that he has a hill. Whatever happened to the cave?

  7. With all the flippin' tunnels running all over the place under Melbourne (if rumours are to be believed), the cave is probably being built as we speak lol.