Sunday, November 30, 2008

Trivial History November 30

Stuffs happened, people woke up, put on their clothes and did abnormally boring things - and some weird-arse things - that were noted by some little gremlin in the history books that everyone is forced to read in school today, curing their insomnia and their loathing for the double maths methods after lunch....

1854 Shots were fired during a licence check on the miners at Ballarat, with the Riot Act being read (yeah, like that'll put the wind up 'em).
Peter Lalor was appointed leader of the rebels who then began building a stockade on the Eureka Lead which wasn't really for knitting.

1865 New Zealand's first medical organisation, the Canterbury Medical Association, was formed.

1874 Author Lucy Maud Montgomery was found on Prince Edward Island, Canada.
No, she's not an Aussie but I love her books.

1886 Sydney should be out celebrating this the day their water supply from the Upper Nepean catchment, through the Prospect Reservoir, was officially turned on.

1888 The Foster brothers had given up on their dreams of defeating Michael Flatley to become River Dancing Kings so they established a brewery in Melbourne instead.

1905 Fremantle was going places - or, rather, the passengers on the brand spanking new electric tramway were....til they turned it off at the wall in 1952.

1949 The Kiwis had forgotten what any other political party was like after 14 years under their first Labour Govt.
So they voted them out.....and voted in the National Party.

1963 The Aussies had forgotten that any other political party existed after 14 years under Pig Iron Bob Menzies and the Liberal Party.
So they voted them back in again.

7 comments:

RVB said...

curing their insomnia and their loathing for the double maths methods after lunch....

Ugh Ugh Ugh...why do you make me remember such awful memories?

Brian Hughes said...

"...noted by some little gremlin in the history books that everyone is forced to read in school today..."

You see, that's why you should bring an alternative history of Oz out. It's bound to be a best seller in the schools because it'd be considerably better than the usual rubbish they have.

Marita said...

I can't wait for my girls to discover the Anne of Green Gables books :)

angel gurl said...

I love Anne of Green Gables and have the DVD series of this.....to me its a must read for all girls....

jeanie said...

Our modern history teacher taught the Eureka Stockade in a very different light - in her classes, it was actually the first spotlight on gross racism seen in the country and then she would segue into the Vietnam war (everything did) and what a disservice it was to have withdrawn...

I think she may have never forgotten Menzies.

Jayne said...

Because I'm a biatch, Reuben lol.

this bloke beat me to it, Brian, and a bloody good book it is, too!

FB is working his way through the first book, Marita, and loves it (doesn't think it's "too girly" thank goodness!).

It's a great series, Janine.
There's a couple of the original B&W 1930's/1940's movies out on DVD
that are worth tracking down, too.

Jeanie, your history teacher sounds like she never forgot that she wasn't invited to join in the Eureka Stockade!

Casdok said...

An alternative history of Oz sounds like a great idea!

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