Thursday, May 15, 2008

Trivial History May 15

Another wonderful day to be skipped through joyfully by us all...unless you've mangled your toe on the brick paving and are hobbling about like a drunken garden gnome -then you're allowed to sit this one out.

1788 The foundation stone for Government House was laid, not on the Hell Mouth as some in the UK would have us believe but in Sydney.

Mrs Fiona Grey, after hearing that frogs always returned to their own territory, painted a ring on the back of one that was in the habit of hopping into her hand basin in Northern Qld. She then took it by train to Halifax, 7 miles away and released it near a creek.
6 days later the same frog was back in her hand basin.

1818 Father Jeremiah O'Flynn was flung into gaol in Sydney for not having "the right credentials as a priest". Hmmph, his robes mustn't have flowed the right way or he liked the alter wine a little too much.

Ghost spot-
The old Albany Gaol, in W.A, was being cleaned out to become a museum many years ago when volunteers noticed a tapping from within the walls. There was no rational explanation for the noise and several psychics claimed it was the spirit of the warder's wife who died in childbirth more than 70 years earlier.

1851 After a story broke in the Sydney Morning Herald of the gold found in Ophir, NSW, for some odd reason a gold rush started there.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To get men out from under your feet give them a list of shopping items impossible to find - tartan paint, left handed hammers, a bag of decimal points, double sided sewing needles, etc. You'll be guaranteed a fuss-free day.

1888 Louisa Lawson's monthly magazine, Dawn, began publication. The mother of Henry Lawson, Louisa was writer, editor and publisher.

Madame Babooshka's Star Sign Reading For The Day-
Those born under the sign of the Platypus will have their day in the spotlight this week.....when a Cane Toad causes an eclipse of Uranus during the full moon.

1928 The Inland Mission's Flying Doctor Service began from Cloncurry in Qld. And they're still buzzing about up in the skies today.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations-
It is very easy to write up a simple question and answer sheet for any book a child has just read. It also helps consolidate the story and characters for the kids.

1935 On an airmail flight to NZ Southern Cross pilot Kingsford-Smith developed engine trouble and P.G Taylor climbed out under the wing to transfer oil from one engine to another for which he was awarded the Empire Gallantry Medal (later renamed the George Cross). Pfft, show off!

Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Ripper Refreshment Remembrances-
When I was a lad *cough cough* we'd save all the fruit and vegie peelings...yes, yes we grew our own in the backyard beside Father's tool shed, none of this supermarket, where was I...Oh yes, we'd save all the peelings, of course Mother didn't know, she thought we were being helpful little boys by offering to dig the scraps into the vegie garden but, ha ha ha *cough cough* we were brewing our own brew.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's installment of Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Ripper Refreshment Remembrances!

1944 Another good reason to keep Beaked Backyard Biatches... Due to war time rationing there were only 1-2 eggs per household each week and the milk supply was steadily decreasing in Melbourne. ..though it might be a little crowded with the cow squeezed in beside the pool, spa, tennis court, trampoline and entertainment area these days.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Saute finely chopped onion in the pan, adding some steamed vegies of choice and chopped up sausages. Stir while cooking, then sprinkle in gravy mix and seasoning, until everything is coated and then stir thoroughly.
Add, slowly, some hot water, stirring the whole time while the pan remains over moderate heat until you get the thickness of sauce you wish.
Add more herbs and/or seasoning to taste and serve with mashed spud.


  1. That's interesting about the frog.

  2. "The foundation stone for Government House was laid..."

    You don't half breed big chucks in Oz.

  3. Rumour has it husband's do the same thing, Bettina :P

    You should see the size of the bacon rashers, too :P