Sunday, June 8, 2008

Trivial History June 8

Mz Jeanie has gone and tagged me for a girly-girly meme.
Lordy, this is going to take some time to rack my few remaining grey cells into gear to figure out what, if ever, I used to do that was even remotely girly....if anyone knows, can you throw a hint my way?

Tis Anniversary Day on Norfolk Island, a public holiday celebrating the arrival of the Pitcairn Island population in 1856.

1805 Trouble-maker John Macarthur, stuck in England at Her Majesty's Leisure following the trial and court martial of his fellow cronies in the Rum Rebellion against Billy Bligh, returned to NSW as a civilian after the British Govt sensibly accepted his resignation from the NSW Corps.

1849 The convict ship Hasemy, carrying 212 convicts "of the better classes" - our betters what should have known better! - saw the light on in Port Jackson and thought they'd pop in after La Trobe sent it packing after refusing to allow it to drop off it's cargo in Port Phillip.

Wondering what had caused a motor launch's engines to suddenly jam, maritime engineers near Christchurch, NZ, raised the vessel on a hoist and found a live 8 foot shark jammed between the propeller and the rudder post.
Although they killed the shark, it took more than 2 hours to release the sharks body from the pickle it had got itself in.

1855 That oh so delightfully racist Chinese Immigration Act came into effect in Victoria which imposed a tax of 10 pounds per head of new arrival and limited the new arrivals numbers to 1 Chinese for every 10 tons of shipping. But where there's a will, there's a way and the infamous Walk From Robe To The Victorian Goldfields became legend.

1856 Pitcairn Island's entire population of 194 bodies and souls, descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and Tahitians, was resettled on Norfolk Island. *sigh* There goes the (Fletcher) Christian neighbourhood.

Great Aunt Hepzibah's Handy Hints-
When stowing a bowl of food in the fridge, forget about the plastic cling wrap and pop a bread and butter plate on top instead; this will still keep the food fresh and you only need to wipe the bottom of the plate when finished.

1921 Brilliant children's author Ivan Southall was found in the Yowie patch.

1951 That great Aussie icon, The School of The Air, began broadcasting to thousands of isolated students who were being homeschooled *gasp* all over the vast land from the Flying Doctor's Base in Alice Springs.

Oz Slanguage-
Pull ya head in = to tell someone to behave themselves.

1976 Frank Hardy's Melbourne-centric book Power Without Glory, made more famous for the court trials and litigation surrounding it, was produced as a mini-series by the ABC....and had many a viewer nodding along in agreement.

1978 Naomi James, a tenacious yachtswoman from The Land of The Long White Cloud (NZ) became the first gal to sail completely around the world...not counting all those convicts and goats who'd done so before her.

Grandma Mehitabel's Menu-
Dead Easy Home Made Pasties.
Grate (or use the meat grinder) carrots, parsnips, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leek, and whatever else takes your fancy.
Finely chop up a gazillion mushrooms and gently cook the whole lot in a pan on a low flame with a bucket-load of butter.
When finished cooking, throw in about 4 dessert spoons of chicken and vegie soup mix and a generous shaking of lemon pepper, stir thoroughly.
Let cool, then get the bought sheets of puff pastry out and cut them into 4 small squares each.
Dollop a soup spoon size of filling in the centre, top with a very small piece of tasty cheese and fold the pastry over from corner to corner, creating a triangle.
Crimp the edges with the tines of a fork, basting with a little milk to glue it together.
Stab a few holes in the top of the pastie and then bake in a moderate oven for approx. 30 mins or till golden brown.
Slather on dead 'orse and stuff yourself full.


  1. "Pitcairn Island's entire population of 194 bodies and souls, descendants of the Bounty Mutineers and Tahitians, was resettled on Norfolk Island."

    Saw an interesting documentary about this lot on telly. A slight case of a few genes short of a full pool if ever there was one.

  2. Great plastic wrap saving hint and mm on the pasties recipe ... it's going on my menu plan

  3. Ahh the one's who returned to Pitcairn Island are in a world of their own...and it's not a world I want to visit!

    You'll need to make double the amount, Trish, coz The Tribe merely inhaled their first lot and asked for more lol.