Monday, December 1, 2008

Trivial History December 1

Today is World Aids Day. Wear a ribbon.

1817 Governor Macquarie was getting a tad tired of the early mornings in NSW so he tendered his resignation to Earl of Bathurst.
Earl Bathurst wasn't keen on Macquarie leaving the Land of Oz so he jollied him along for a few more years.

1821 Finally, poor old Macquarie was able to leave the island, after his 3rd letter of resignation eventually convinced Bathurst he was serious, when Major Brisvegas Brisbane was sworn in as Governor.

1838 Things were crook in Tassie so Sir John Franklin declared a public holiday for boat races, picnic and general piss up frivolous day.
Thus was born the first Hobart regatta from which the Royal Hobart Regatta was created.

1842 Never one to change a good tradition when it can ensure the peasants are kept busy on their days off, the first municipal council elections were held in Melbourne.
We don't know who won nor do we care.

1863 NZ's first public steam railway, the Ferrymead to Moorhouse Avenue Railway, was officially opened.

1887 Perth residents, at last, do something with those bakelite wall hangings in their homes when the telephone exchange was opened.

1891 Just to remind us of the continual folly of men with money, 4 banks and a building society collapsed in Melbourne.

1905 Steam was useful for more than ironing shirts when a steam bus began trundling about the streets, taking passengers to and from Melbourne, Prahran and Malvern.

1915 The South Oz Women's Police Force was born on this day with the recruitment of the first 2 female officers.

1933 The longest distance flight across The Shaky Isles in a single day was made on this day by pilot Teddie Harvie and his passenger  Miss Trevor Hunter, from North Cape to Invercargill.

1934 The Yarra River, and all the Port Phillip streams, ran  a bit of a banker; massive floods were everywhere.
Read original newspaper reports about it HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

1988 The 125th Anniversary of the first steam railway opening was celebrated in Canterbury, NZ, with a steam train cavalcade.


  1. Just goes to show, the drought could end at any time.

  2. It sounds as though in those days, they actually had a functioning railway network.
    Paul Mees wasn't wrong on that one.

  3. always an interesting read (and laugh) here ...keep up the good work Jayne.

  4. Functioning railways? Geddoudahere.

  5. shhhesh it certainly took some time to resign back then lol

  6. Fingers crossed, Andrew!

    Hope you were sitting down when you typed that sentence, Reuben!

    Thanks, Trish :)

    Yes, it's more than a persistent rumour, Anja ;)

    Good employees were so hard to get in those days, Janine lol.