Friday, May 16, 2008

Trivial History May 16

Welcome to another collection of the mundane and the ridiculous from all over Oz.

John England, gravedigger at Bathurst, NSW, had only one burial to go to create a record of 2110 burials. But before the chance came John died in April 1922, making his own burial the one which would have broken the record.

Madame Babooshka's Star Sign Reading For The Day-
The Starfish sign will reign supreme in the workplace next week but the fact starfish lack a brain will become obvious when co-workers look beyond the whip,chair and 12 inch stilettos.

1863 Mr. Barnes, of Cootamundra, should have stayed in bed today as bushranger Ben Hall robbed his store then tried to use it as a campfire to keep warm.

Ghost spot-
A small weatherboard house in Murrumbeena that was being renovated was plagued with a spirit continually playing tricks on the workmen by moving and hiding their tools and materials. Finally the renovation was completed 6 months later than originally planned with the ghost moving in with the family and playing tricks on the children for some years afterwards.

1891 Henry Lawson's poem Freedom On The Wallaby was first published today.

Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Ripper Refreshment Remembrances-
...ahhh yes, we were skiting about in our short pants and pinching all the fruit scraps we could find. Father was suspicious at our sudden interest in gardening ha ha ha *cough cough* but we'd hidden the brew well. We topped the kero tin up with fresh water and let the lot ferment happily away under the chook house. It was bubbling and burbling like a horse on onions and poor Mother couldn't understand why the chooks had gone off the lay, ha ha ha ha *cough cough*...
What shocking thing will happen in tomorrow's episode of Great Uncle Rupert's Remembrances?
Will the chooks become Sunday roast?
Will Father decide to invest in a goat?
Will Great Uncle Rupert forget to take his Metamucil?
Stay Tuned!

1908 Having starving poets cluttering up the pubs and writers wasting away in garrets was becoming an eyesore so the Commonwealth Literary Fund was created to help needy authors.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
For some cheap liquid fertiliser soak banana skins in a bucket of water for 2 weeks then dilute 1 litre into a 9 litre watering can.


  1. Hi Jayne,
    It's that AWOL blogger LiD here.

    I was reading a book on bushrangers the other day, as you do, and I found an account of Ben Hall and his gang raiding a property, shooting at both the farmer and his wife and setting fire to their barn after one of the gang was shot. While all this was going on the gang were heard saying that they wished they had shot the farmers wife in particular.

    Of course this account comes from the farmers wife herself and naturally some bias must have occurred but I was surprised. For some reason I thought Ben Hall was more of a gentleman of the people.

    Now that I have read in your post about Hall and his gang trying to set fire to something else it is all starting to sound like a habit.

  2. You're up for Anonymum's rolling post.

  3. "...a spirit continually playing tricks on the workmen by moving and hiding their tools and materials."

    How boring must the afterlife be if that's the height of entertainment?

  4. Hi LiD,Missed you!
    Yeah, I've come across very opposing accounts of Ben Hall, too. I think he and his gang had their revenge on personal foes a fair bit, which might explain some of the differing reports. Also there was a huge element of corruption in the police force at the time that was going unchecked, so I wouldn't be surprised if many of the official reports were doctored, either.

    Thanks Anja, loved your addition :)

    Well, I suppose it beats dragging a ball and chain through the attics shouting yourself hoarse everytime the family dog barks at you, Brian :P