Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Trivial History September 24

Climbing ladders and painting overhead have left me with aching muscles I'd forgotten were part of my anatomy.
Let's see how many I can rediscover with today's workshop workout!

1814 Sad news for the newspaper moguls when The Van Diemen's Land Gazette and General Advertiser ceased and desisted publication after only 4 months on the job.

Oz Slanguage-
On a sticky wicket = to describe someone who is in trouble.

1871 Mary MacKillop was in a spot of hot water when she was excommunicated from the Catholic Church as she dared to protest at the directive from on high to break up the nuns in her order.
She was absolved in the following February.

Place Name Origin NZ-
Albert Town in the South Island of NZ was yet another spot on the globe named after the bloke Queen Vicky chose to have hide his boots under her bed, Prince Albert.

1881 The very first telephone exchange in NZ opened for gossip and business in Christchurch.

Silly jokes -
What sort of jam can't you eat?
Traffic Jam.
(Brumby's favourite toast spread each morning).

1890 Shearer's go out on strike but they got back to work only a week later.

Place Name Origin -
Ashfield in NSW got it's name from the homesick owner who bought the land in 1817, Joseph Underwood, who named it after his birthplace in Suffolk, England.

1899 Hay Street in Perth had those new-fangled electric trams clanging about.

When a prospector popped his clogs in 1860 at Armidale his mates were part-way through the funeral service when they realised none of them knew an appropriate prayer but an American miner mumbled some fine sounding words from a piece of paper.
It was the Declaration of American Independence.

1905 Racial hatred against the Chinese led Lionel Terry to murder Joe Kum Yung in Haining St, Wellington.
Terry's death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment on the grounds of insanity.

An Aussie slang dictionary was compiled in Oz before America had one; in 1812 by a convict named James Hardy Vaux at Newcastle.
Titled Vocabulary it was published in 1819.


  1. We don't use the term sticky wicket around these parts. We generelly use the phrase, 'Screwed, blued, and tatooed.'

  2. gosh I found that bit of history about the murder in welly quite interesting. Like finding out stuff about the city I live in. BTW apologis for confusing your DH and DS, so what do you call DH? lol that sounds like a loaded question doesn't it. But you know what I mean.

  3. "On a sticky wicket = to describe someone who is in trouble."

    That could have been a lot worse.

  4. LOL That's ok Janine. I call DH The Spouse...amongst other colourful names ;)

    Yep... I could have tried to describe the English cricket team, Brian, and that would have been very ugly :P