Thursday, October 2, 2008

Trivial History October 2

Greetings Earthlings!
Enjoy the trivia as I shall enjoy the salty sea air, brisk walks and attempt to look windswept and interesting.

1797 14 convicts voted themselves off the Island of Oz when they nicked a boat from Port Jackson and took to the high seas, later leaving half their number marooned on Glennie Island, off Wilsons Prom, in Victoria.

Kiwi Slanguage-
Bach = a small holiday home, pronounced "batch".

1902 The owner and editor of a Manly newspaper, Mr W.Gocher, defied the law of the day that banned sea bathing between the hours of 6am -8pm and dared dip his toe in the surf at high Noon.

The first regular air mail service in the world was Mr Howie's Pigeon Post service that flew from the Auckland suburb of Newtown to Great Barrier Island, NZ, beginning in 1896, with stamps for Great Barrier Pigeon-Gram Service issued from 1898 until 1908.

1916 Opawa, in NZ, joined City, also, thankfully, in NZ.

Place Name Origin -
Athelstone in South Oz was named after a property in the area that was established by Charles and William Dinham, who built the second flour mill in the colony.

1917 The Witch of Kings Cross, aka Rosaleen Norton, was pupped at Dunedin, NZ, but soon swan across the ditch with her family in 1925.

Place Name Origin NZ -
Auckland in the North Island was a bit of brown nosing on the part of the Governor of NZ, William Hobson, who named it in honour of his patron, George Eden, the 1st Earl of Auckland.

1964 The Gladesville Bridge was officially opened: at the time it was the world's single span concrete arch ever slapped together by man.

Oz Slanaguge-
Nickywoop = a semi-polite way to tell someone to go away.

1986 That fab song, Slice of Heaven, by Dave Dobbyn, hit the top spot on the song charts and sat there for a respectable 8 weeks.
Part of the great animated film, Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tail Tale, the song is still popular with each generation.

The first library in Oz was a reading and newspaper room in Hobart, Tassie, established in 1822.

1990 Opera warbler Dame Joan Sutherland announced her retirement.


  1. I love that song Slice of Heaven. :)

  2. Now I dont know if this would interest anyone or not, but in the north island we call it a bach, in the South Island they call them a crib. Still love listening to Slice of Heaven.

  3. When I was a kid, I thought the song was "Slice of devon"

    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. :(

  4. I'm sure a salty lass like yourself always looks interesting ;)

  5. "I shall enjoy the salty sea air, brisk walks and attempt to look windswept and interesting."

    I do that every morning when I go shopping...only, perhaps, interesting isn't quite the word I'd use.

  6. It's great Marita :)

    Ahhh, ok thanks for that, Janine :)

    You may slice whatever you like, Anja :P

    LOL Ta, Bettina :P

    You can borrow my paper bag, Brian ;)