Saturday, May 24, 2008

Trivial History May 24

The ice is melting and pouring off the roof by the bucket load into the rainwater tanks.
The big bag of cow manure is frozen - moo poo icy-poles, anyone?

1805 Billy Bligh was given the job of 4th Guv of NSW, just to keep him off ships and away from water for awhile.

1841 Gas lighting was lit for the first time in Oz, for Queen Vicky's birthday, when the streets of Sydney were bathed in the oh so romantic but what a biatch to read by gas lights. Queen Vicky was mildly amused.

When Patrick O'Connor passed away in Lismore, NSW, the front part of the hearse had to be removed to fit his coffin - he was 7 ft 4 in tall.

1878 Mary Grant Bruce, that brilliant children's author who should be better appreciated, was found in the petunia patch in Sale, Gippsland. Read more about her HERE.

1878 Freeman Cobb, who founded the coach line Cobb & Co, popped his clogs in South Africa. Read more about this chappie HERE.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
For those who develop a skin rash from the metal on the back of their watches - paint several coats of clear nail polish onto the back of the watch, this will stop any reaction occurring.

1905 Empire Day was introduced, celebrated on the dead Queen Vicky's birthday. Aussie schoolkids would rush home on the half holiday to build the bonfire to have that night with fireworks going off madly. This jocularity was outlawed by the Fun Police in 1965. The Aussie kids finally agreed with Queen Vicky and were not amused.

1915 A formal truce was declared at Gallipoli where the Turkish were able to bury their dead.
" But the band played Waltzing Matilda
As we stopped to bury our slain.
We buried ours and the Turks buried theirs...
Then we started all over again...."

Madame Babooshka's Star Sign Reading For The Day-
The sign of the Kangaroo will enter the Boxing Tent quadrant of their sign next week and they are advised to have their gloves up and ready.

1917 Les Darcy, Aussie champion "blacksmith boxer" and world middle weight champion, and spunky looking eye candy that made the gals swoon and drool, died of pneumonia in Memphis, Tennessee.

1971 Neville Bonner became the first Aboriginal member of any Oz parliament.

Great Uncle Rupert's Not-So-Refreshing Remembrances-
Ohh we pottered about in the dark, hushing each other when we kept tripping over the drowsy fowls and spilling more brew than we bottled. We had a candle stub that gave us bugger-all light to see by, in fact we'd have been better just to use the light of the moon! Anyway, we were finally finished and back in bed when we heard the milkman's horse clopping past and the rattle of the bottles on the front step. For some reason this was louder than usual and woke Mother from her deep sleep and she got up to stoke the woodstove ready for brekkie. What we hadn't known was our silly sister had snuck out and, after gathering all our home brew bottles, had left the lot out for the milkman!
Will Mother find any eggs for brekkie?
Will the chooks finally get some sleep?
Will the milkman ever sober up?
Tune in tomorrow to find out!

1980 QEII and Phil The Not-So-Gardening Greek beamed down from the mothership for the official opening of the High Court building in Canberra.

1988 Snow fell on the Syrian desert for the first time in 50 years. Damn you Global Warming....errr....Cooling.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
For extra creamy mashed spuds, add mayonnaise instead of butter and milk.


  1. Hi Jayne, really unique blog...although I admit I haven't figured it out yet. I was looking for an "About" page and could not find it. Are you are history buff, or teacher? I feel so educated now!
    Thanks for adding me to the blogroll! someday when I finally do mine you will be on it!!!
    oh, and feral beast seems WAY cool!

  2. LOL, it's a very mixed bag type of blog!
    Thanks Goldie,I'm enjoying your blog so it was no problem to add you :)
    Not exactly a history teacher, more a history buff.
    Thanks, Feral Beast is rapt at your compliment :)

  3. Dear Great Aunt Hepzibah, I wish you were around twenty years ago with your advice when I had to stop wearing a watch for the metal reason. I also had to stop wearing neck chains and be careful of metal bits of jeans touching my skin. Of course it is only cheap metal that I am allergic to. No problem at all with gold should you want to........

  4. "...the front part of the hearse had to be removed to fit his coffin."

    Wouldn't it have been easier just to leave the back door open?

  5. Strange you should mention that Andrew, Feral Queen has the same allergy and can only accept 24 carat gold goodies LOL.

    And tie a red rag to the handle of the coffin as a warning for any motorists behind the hearse, Brian ?:P