Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Trivial History April 30

Tis another morn started by that bright star in the sky lightning our day...if it keeps this up it could become a habit!

1846 Sir John Eardley-Wilmot was kicked to the kerb as Lt-Gov of Tassie for allegedly not suppressing homosexual behaviour amongst the convicts. Of course it had nothing to do with his on-going dispute with Bishop Nixon on the separation of the powers between church and state or govt funding for church schools....oh, no, nothing at all....rolleyes

1850 Bangalore was the last convict ship to park it's prow in Moreton Bay with 392 "exiles" as cargo.

Mr George Davidson, one of the biggest saddle makers in Oz in the 1950's, amused friends and colleagues each week by filling a large suitcase with fried fish and, taking it to the Tradesman's Arms Hotel in Sydney, he'd hand the fish out to all and sundry.

1894 Doc Evatt, Aussie statesman and President of the United Nations General Assembly, was pupped. Read more about this chap HERE.

1905 Police, investigating shadowy figures in a Collingwood pub one night, arrested Bill Edwards who later turned out to be Marion Edwards. Read more about Bill HERE and HERE.

Ghost spot-
Graham's Castle, 4 kms from the Adelaide GPO started life as a respectable house before it was bought by John Graham who had more money than taste. Turning it into a hideous caricature of an English castle, the ghosts moved in shortly after Graham sold off his ugly pile. Various spirits moved around the various areas; some arriving by coach and demanding admittance via the front door while other simply wandered through rooms and walls, with a variety of noises, shrieks, laughter and slamming doors echoing throughout the house at all hours.
Before you plan a visit though, the empty ruin was finally put out of it's misery and demolished in 1912.

1930 Finally! At last we can keep up with East Enders! A radio telephone service began chattering between Oz and the UK.

1930 A massive meeting of unemployed workers in Melbourne - and wasn't there a fair few number of them! - created the Anti-Starvation Crusade.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Replace dishwashing liquid with bi carb of soda and a little elbow grease; gives you an upper arm muscle workout, saves the hip pocket and the environment.

1941 Max Merritt, NZ-born Aussie singer (don't we always adopt the decent Kiwi's?) was hatched. Read more about this fabulous singer HERE.

1981 The Federal Govt's razor gang began slashing spending even a mere penny on public services....and here we are on familiar ground again, today.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations -
Spending just a few hours, each evening, gazing at the night sky (well rugged up, of course!) can give children a far better idea of the stars and constellation movements across the sky than just reading about it.

1986 Mayor of L.A, Tom Bradley, was acting the raw prawn when he declared April 30 "Paul Hogan Day" due to those cringe-worthy popular ads on American TV promising to "throw another shrimp on the barbie".

1988 World Expo in Brisvegas flung open it's blingy doors for the masses.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Boil spuds with finely chopped onion, mash with mayonnaise.
In a hot frying pan toss sausages cut into small bite size pieces with a little oil and 1 finely chopped onion and 1 finely chopped carrot, peas and beans.
When sausages are almost cooked, toss in 1 cup of plain flour mixed with 1-2 teaspoons curry powder, a pinch of Garam Masala, plenty of cracked pepper and stir till all is coated.
Slowly add warm water, stirring to mix thoroughly until you have a large amount of curry gravy with sausages and vegies.
Serve with mashed spud.


  1. I actually do the bicarb thing with the dishes sometimes. It gets everything very clean and you feel so virtuous about not putting sus things down the drain, but it is hard to do when you want things done quick. Still, there is no better way with a tea stained tea cup.

  2. Absolutely, LiD, bi carb with shift almost anything and leaves your hands feeling nice and soft :)