Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Trivial History May 27

A great day to be out turning the soil with a spade, to be planting new vegies to fill the stomachs of the starving Tribe, to be going all girly and squealing when you find a whopping great ugly slug crawling over the toe of your boot....

1815 Sir Henry Parkes, the Father of Federation, was hatched today. Read more about Henry HERE.

Mr John Ross wasn't afraid of hard work when he had to work without any help as the head gardener at the Ballarat Hospital in 1922. Not only did he single-handedly keep the supply of fresh vegies going for the whole institution, he kept the crops sown, extensive flower beds blooming and weeded - while aged 90 years.

1869 Bushranger Harry Power and his off-sider, a young chap by the name of Ned Kelly, were suspiciously loitering around the horses at Mt Battery Station and were shot at by Dr Rowe. How cynical of the good doctor!

Oz Slanguage -
Wet arse and no fish = on a useless errand.

1920 The Prince of Wales, who later changed his name by deed poll to become King Edward VII, arrived in Melbourne on HMS Renown, forgoing the transporter beam from the mothership for his tour of the Aussie states.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When faced with a small amount of wine left in a bottle at the end of an evening, freeze it into ice cubes for marinades and casseroles.

1967 The Aussie people spoke loud and clear when they voted in the referendum to end constitutional discrimination against Aborigines.

Oz Etty Kit-
It is polite to give a nod or a slight wave to say thanks to drivers who have stopped to let you walk across the road, especially if they have stopped for previous pedestrians and you are jay-walking and have ignored the pedestrian crossing only 10 metres away.

2005 Schapelle Corby was convicted of drug smuggling by an Indonesian court and sentenced to 20 years gaol.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
When you're low on spuds, don't panic - make dumplings!
Throw 2 cups of self raising flour into a bowl and mix with half a cup of grated cheese, 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup of milk. Mix thoroughly and scoop the dough into balls and gently place on top of a stew/casserole and cook for approx. 20 mins.
Seasonings can be added, herbs of choice and other flavourings also, like mustard, chilli, tomato, etc.


  1. Wow, how about randomly shooting at suspicious-looking people hanging around your horses! These days we're much more civilised. Now it's just terrorist-looking people.

    And dumplings, yum! Grandma M has inspired me, and averted a panic attack next time I run out of potatoes.

  2. They could have piffed my dumplings instead of shooting :P