Friday, April 4, 2008

Trivial History April 4

Another lovely day to leap from your bed/office chair/chandelier you've been hanging from and run amok in!

1820 The foundation stone was flung into the ground on a building site in George St, Sydney in what became the Queen Victoria Building, which as recently as 1959 was considered for demolition by the troglodytes and dead amoebas who ruin historic buildings. (off soapbox now!)

When the Queen visited Darwin in October 1982 the NT Govt discovered they didn't have a Rolls Royce to drive her about in - so they hired one from a local wedding car hire business.

1834 Hope you've been saving those pennies for the first land sales in Albany, Westralia.

Ghost spot-
The spot where the Gawler to Angaston train line crosses the Barossa Valley Hwy near Rowlands Flat, in South Oz has such a large number of spirits milling about no one has been able to count them. Both train drivers and car drivers have been stunned and frightened to find wispy-looking ghosts of all manner of people passing through their vehicles.

1883 And this is what happens, kids, when the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing....H.M. Chester, who was the police magistrate on Thursday Island, acted on instructions from Qld Premier Sir Thomas McIlwraith and annexed south-eastern New Guinea for the Crown...only to have Britain repudiate it on 2nd June.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To freshen up a mattress, rub bi carb of soda into it and leave it for several hours. Vacuum off and then flip the mattress over for the new season.

1887 Beginning the trend of overseas junkets, Aussie pollies headed over to The Old Dart for the first Colonial Conference, which was held till May 9th.

1921 John Lysaught was a clever little dicky bird when he began churning out galvanised sheet steel at Newcastle.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Get the kids to choose a local growing tree to study it's growth pattern, seed distribution, age range and whether it's a native or introduced species to the area.

1929 After some days of extra heavy rain - typical on school holidays - the dam on the Cascade River in Tassie burst its banks and flooded the town of Derby and nearby tin mines, killing 14.

1979 The very recently late, very young Heath Ledger was born today. Read more about him HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Cucumber Relish.
In a bowl toss in 12 green cucumbers that have been peeled and chopped with 12 finely chopped onions and 2 teaspoons salt, leave in the fridge overnight.
The next day throw it into a saucepan and add 4 cups brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of flour, 3 teaspoons celery salt, 1 teaspoon of curry powder, 4 tablespoons mustard, 2 teaspoons tumeric and 1 cup of vinegar. Boil gently for 15-20 mins, then let cool and bottle.
Store in a cool place or the fridge when opened.


  1. Betty can drive. The should have given her an FJ ute to run about Darwin in. Phil could have sat on a bale of hay in the back. Hopefully she could find a nice rough road and bounce the corgis out of the back.

  2. ROFL at the mental image you've given me - her tiara slipping over one eyebrow while she wrestles the steering wheel around a sun-baking crocodile and Phil necks a bottle of champers in the back,sans tie and jacket :P