Friday, May 2, 2008

Trivial History May 2

Greetings on yet another wonderful day!
The sun is shining, the sky is blue and we've all woken up breathing and alive...which is always a good start to the dayrazz

I've joined a special Op Shop blog, I Op Therefore I Am, dedicated to the many fantastic treasure troves in and around Melbourne, suburbs and some country areas.
The list of op shops is a must read for those who, like myself, love hunting for that extra something for a collection, clothing, books, knick knacks, etc, while recycling, donating money to worthy causes and saving much moolah at the same time!

1829 Captain Charles Fremantle (gee, where have we heard that name before?) claimed the western part of Oz for Britain.

1891 The Royal Melbourne Golf Club was cobbled together from a group of blokes obsessed with whacking a small white ball around some lovely gardens.

A Maori in the Tokaanu district of NZ spent years sleeping in a hot pool. He found a natural ledge where he could lie with the water lapping over him and declared it was just as comfortable as a bed and much warmer.

1902 Brilliant Aussie author Alan Marshall was pupped today.Contracting polio at age 6 and being on crutches for the rest of his life didn't stop this wonderful writer from giving us such gems as I Can Jump Puddles, amongst the many folklore stories he collected, prizes he was awarded and biographies of noted people that he penned.

1946 The Commonwealth Employment Service (CES) was born today....and you'll probably find the same people manning the (ever shrinking) counters.

Ghost spot-
Angaston, in South Oz, had a gallery that was inhabited by a man's ghost who would throw clothes around and slam doors but who would also leave the room when the owner was getting changed.

1970 Nan Chauncy, great author of both children and adult books, passed into the great beyond. Read about this forward thinking woman who penned many a fascinating children's adventure story HERE and read about her home that is now a wildlife sanctuary HERE.

1983 61 year old Cliff Young shuffled into the winners circle of the 875 km Sydney-Melbourne footrace in just 5 days and 14 hours.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
To remove the smell of urine or any grease from clothes, soak the clothes in just enough water to cover and empty 1 can of cola in as well. Let soak for 30 mins - 1 hour, then rinse and hang out to dry.

2003 El Grande, Australia's largest tree and the world's biggest flowering plant, was formally declared deceased after a burn -off got out of control and burnt the newly-found and protected tree. Read more of the miserable mismanagement HERE.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Head and tail fresh prawns, then soak them in a marinade of sweet soy sauce mixed with seeded mustard, sweet chilli sauce and 1 teaspoon of horseradish cream.
Skewer 3-4 prawns on bamboo skewers (depending on size of prawns) and cook on BBQ or griddle.
Serve on a bed of cold cooked rice with finely diced cucumber, celery, capsicum and asparagus.


  1. "A Maori in the Tokaanu district of NZ spent years sleeping in a hot pool."

    He must have been wrinkled when he came out, then.

  2. We rented a self-contained granny flat for the first year of my marriage and I always wondered why the kitchen window was so low. You had to stoop to look out of it. Turned out our landlord was Alan Marshall's grand niece or something and our granny flat used to be Alan Marshall's celebrity digs. The window was the right height for someone in a wheelchair.

  3. Oddly he resembled you, Brian :P

    Would have made for some interesting conversations, Hilary!