Monday, May 5, 2008

Trivial History May 5

I trust you all managed to stay out of mischief while I was away?
I have a secret to share with you shortly, but first - some trivial history!

1840 A public meeting in Melbourne decided they no longer agreed with their northern cousin's style of petticoat wearing whilst playing football and petitioned for a formal separation from NSW.

1854 Charles La Trobe stepped down as Lt-Gov of Victoria and, having packed his bat and ball, sailed for England the next day.

1865 Ben Hall, a bloke pushed into bushranging like Ned Kelly, was shot dead in NSW.

During a great flood in Brisbane in 1893 the large gunboat Paluma was raised 35 feet from where it was anchored and carried to the Botanic Gardens where it rested under the trees. Wondering how on earth they were going to shift the boat back into the water was a salvage firm who needed have worried - another flood came down and shifted the gunboat back to it's original anchorage.

1864 Happy Birthday to the first trout hatched in Oz.

1893 The banks were having a bit of a bad patch with The Colonial Bank of Australasia, Qld National Bank and Bank of North Qld, Commercial Banking Company of Sydney, City of Melbourne Bank and Royal Bank of Qld all suspending payments and closing their doors from May 5th - May 17th after which they eventually reopened after massive "restructuring".

Ghost spot-
A large brick Edwardian home in Carnegie, Victoria, once used as a private convalescent home for soldiers after WW1, used to have the ghost of a former patient seen, infrequently, wandering about the hallways and rooms. Sadly the ghost disappeared at the same time as the house was demolished in the 1950's to make room for hideous flats.

1894 The Aussie term "Fair dinkum" appeared in print for the first time, in the fair dinkum bushies bible, The Bulletin.

1906 Electric trams began tootling their way from St Kilda to Brighton, also known as the "bush tramway", to convey those whose long noses looked down upon St Kilda but found the same coast line more agreeable in Brighton.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When camping pack a couple of the backyard garden solar lights and pop them outside your tent; this will save you hunting for the torch in the middle of the night and make identification of your tent much easier.

1913 Yarralumla was snapped up for a song by the Commonwealth as the Gov-Gen's official residence in Canberra.

1951 John Flynn, he who helped create the Aboriginal Inland Missions and The Royal Flying Doctor Service, passed on his own wings into the great beyond. Read about this hard-working and forward thinking bloke HERE.

Miss Ed Ma Kate Shun's Elucidations -
Check your local area for geology or gem clubs for juniors; there is a wealth of knowledge available kids can gather just listening to people speak on rocks, terrain, climate, etc that they might miss in a regular classroom.

1952 Some bird in a tin tiara shifted her kit and kaboodle into Buck Palace.

1952 The world was, albeit all too briefly, graced with brilliant comedian Campbell McComas. Read more of this very funny lawyer HERE

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Thermos Stew.
Chop meat and vegies very finely, cook in chicken stock for 45 mins - 1 hour.
Add about 1 cup of pasta spirals, seasoning and herbs to taste.
When thick, and still hot, pour into the thermos to be used that day and secure the lid tightly.
This will stay warm on even the longest bushwalk but don't forget the spoons/forks!


  1. Mischief? What is this mischief you speak of? Surely none of us would get up to any mischief.


  2. Secrets AND mischief?

    I'm intrigued!

  3. Oh noooooooooo, Bettina, you're alllll so innocent butter wouldn't melt in your mouths *snort*

    LOL Almost better than the Bald and the Desperate, Miss Diarist :P