Saturday, May 3, 2008

Trivial History May 4

As I'm going to up and out of here before dawn has even cracked (earlier than sparrow fart even!) you're getting tomorrow's Trivial History tonight.


1826 Matthew Brady, the Gentleman Bushranger who had been captured by the bounty hunter and Melbourne's founder John Batman, was hanged.

1847 Earl Grey, having partaken of his cuppa, closed the convict establishment in NSW and kicked all the convicts down south to Tassie.

1871 Melbourne's Alfred Hospital was opened with a flourish and it's doors have never closed since.

1877 In a futile effort to control Aussie Rules Footy, the Victorian Football Association was cobbled together...and we're still blessed with this toothless tiger, today.

1891 Sherlock Holmes fell to his assumed death from the Reichenbach Falls during a battle with his arch nemesis, Moriarty.

1897 Future Prez of the USA, Herbert Hoover, made his grand entrance to Coolgardie where he was a rep of a mining consultation firm.

1909 Proving pollies are forever muddying the waters, a Royal Commission was established into the Murray Waters....and they're still mucking about with that pond of H2o today.

1912 Steele Rudd's play, On Our Selection, which gave us Dad and Dave, was debuted in Sydney.

1979 The iron fist in the velvet glove became the first female PM of the UK.

1988 QEII beamed down from the mothership, yet again, and officiated at the opening of the Darling Harbour redevelopment.

2 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"Sherlock Holmes fell to his assumed death from the Reichenbach Falls during a battle with his arch nemesis, Moriarty."

Unfortunately it transpired that he'd bounced when sales of Conan Doyle's follow up works took the great plunge after him.

Jayne said...

If he could have written more Holmes from the grave, Conan Doyle would be a publisher's dream :P

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