Saturday, April 5, 2008

Trivial History April 5

Another Saturday during which the lawns need mowing, the fallen trees need chopping up and the worms are screeching for your food scraps... what more could you ask for?razz

1790 Running Australia's first Biggest Loser Boot Camp, Governor Phillip announced yet another reduction in rations.

Cricket bowler G. Hazleton, playing on crutches during a cricket match in Brisbane in 1918, took 4 wickets.

1841 Powder your wig along with your nose, the first Supreme Court had its first get together in Melbourne.

Ghost spot-
At Tanunda, South Oz, stands a building that has done service as a men's boarding house and a private hospital but now houses shops, including an art gallery. Many women have found themselves pushed and shoved by unseen hands whilst admiring the art in the gallery and strange noises and chill spots have been heard and felt throughout.

1893 Ho hum the more things change...The Bank of Australia in Melbourne set off a panic by suspending payments and closing its doors. It later reopened on May 6th after some heavy-duty "reconstruction" that didn't involve liposuction or botox.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Time to prune pear and apple trees but remember to wash the pruning shears before and after use.

1906 The first sheila in the British Empire to hold a flying instructor's certificate, Freda Thompson, was found in the tulip patch. Read more about Freda HERE and HERE.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
Recycle pictures from old calenders and cards into decoupage, letting the kids create a vista from the cut out images.

1932 Big Red aka Phar Lap went to the big paddock in the sky in California. Read the amazing stats and story of Big Red HERE.

1939 Aussie PM Joseph Lyons popped into hospital with a "chill". Tis a chill wind that blows no good...

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Using a large steamer, steam a store-bought roasted (cold) chicken with vegies of choice.
The meat will melt in your mouth and it's the healthy way to cook your vegies.
Save the water as the juices from the chicken and vegies will have dripped into it; it's great as stock.


  1. "Cricket bowler G. Hazleton, playing on crutches during a cricket match in Brisbane in 1918, took 4 wickets."

    Did he fall on them?

  2. His crutches were probably used as the stumps :P