Monday, June 16, 2008

Trivial History June 16

Have been a tad busy today!

1806 Convicts at Port Dalrymple were so ticked off at the port being renamed Launceston at some time in the distant future that they grabbed the brig Venus and sailed off to NZ for fairer pastures not named Launceston.

Josephine Hickey, who was a cook at a Forbes, NSW hotel, liked to roll her own cigarettes with strips of newspaper that were stuffed with strong tobacco.
When she didn't turn up for work one morning, police broke into her room and found it piled high with cigarette butts.
Medical evidence found Josephine died of heart failure from excessive smoking.

1806 Sydney's very first girl's school was opened by Mrs Williams while many parents breathed a sigh of relief and stopped eying off the latest line of chastity belts.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
Stick a few garden solar lights in and around the vegie garden as the extra light encourages growth.

1950 Yippee! Bust out the toaster, Mildred, butter rationing finally ended.

Oz Slanguage-
Gazunder = a chamber pot that "gazunder" (goes under) the bed.

1996 The Big Issue, a monthly magazine, was launched in Melbourne for sale by homeless people in the street. So next time you see one, buy it - it could be the difference between someone eating or going hungry that night.

Six Degrees of Separation of Skippy.
Skippy - Billy Connelly.
Patrick McCarville played 3 different characters in the original Skippy series.
Patrick had the idea for, and wrote, the screenplay for the movie The Man Who Sued God.
Billy Connelly starred in that movie.


  1. "Josephine Hickey...liked to roll her own cigarettes with strips of newspaper...stuffed with strong tobacco."

    At least she made the headlines.

  2. *groan*
    She was consistent in sending everything up in a puff of smoke :P