Sunday, November 2, 2008

Trivial History November 3

Monday has rolled around yet again but, wait!
Tis Melbourne Cup Eve -when fillies and jockeys get up to all sorts of mischief with spurs and riding crops and jumps and hay and let's just leave it at that before we lose all our dignity and slide straight past the gutter into the sewer, ok?

1824 Barristers and lawyers with Kings and Queens counsel decided to pretty up the judicial system in Oz when they held their first MySpace open invitation party trial by jury in Sydney.

Stuff-
The first trotting race on a race course in NZ was held in 1875 at Brown's Paddock in Canterbury.



1883 A Water Conservation Act was passed in Victorian Parliament....125 years later and we're nailed to 3a water restrictions.
This is why we're supposed to learn from history, boys and girls, to improve ourselves and our assets.

More stuff-
The first horses in NZ arrived in Rangihoua, in the bay of Islands, on December 24, 1814.
A stallion and 2 mares were landed from the ship 'Active' by the Rev. Samuel Marsden aka The Flogging Parson.



1886 Pukekura in Kiwi-Land saw the birth of an iconic brand on this day; the Anchor butter brand which was created by Henry Reynolds and named after a tattoo on the arm of one of his factory workers.

Even more stuff- 
By the mid-20th century NZ had more racing clubs and racecourses per capita than any other country.


1910 Berri in South Oz (named after Beri Beri Hut found in the earliest survey records -see? 2 birds, 1 stone) was established as an irrigation area which probably got its full quota of water allocations at the time. Meow.

Yes, amazingly yet more stuff-
The first thoroughbred horse bred in NZ was Il Barbiere born in 1842, son of Figaro.

7 comments:

Angel Gurl said...

Will you be having a flutter on the gee gee's? Seems us kiwis like our racing and November 4 is no exception over the ditch either with office sweepstakes and TAB bets.

Marita said...

Hubby is getting paid silly amounts of money to dress up like a horse and walk in some parade today. I'm very happy we have managed to avoid all the cup day dramas but simply not getting an sort of tv signal any more.

jeanie said...

lol - its the only race of the year that gets money from me!

Jayne said...

I might toss $1 each way on a horse I scientifically pick with a pin from the paper, Janine, lol.

You're not missing much on tv, Marita, and so long as your hubby is the horses head, not the other end ;)

Yep, absolutely, Jeanie!

Bettina said...

ahhh the melbourne cup........... will interfere with out day sufficiently enough to hold up getting hubby's pay cashed lol

RVB said...

Tis Melbourne Cup Eve -when fillies and jockeys get up to all sorts of mischief with spurs and riding crops and jumps and hay and let's just leave it at that before we lose all our dignity and slide straight past the gutter into the sewer, ok?

Well put, Jayne. The Cup has always irritated me; it's as if Australian's don't have an excuse to get pissed otherwise.

Jayne said...

Just think, Bettina, your money will be safe from the bookies ;)

I don't mind the race itself, Reuben, it's the 2 legged fillies who need to be put out to pasture ;)

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