Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Trivial History December 3

Excitement is in the air!
Only 22 days till the Fat man leaps down the chimney, stuffs the reindeer in the linen cupboard, guzzles all your brandy, erects the kids' swing set in the bathroom and lights his own farts from your barbeque.
Or we may be observing a total different holiday here....

1825 Gov Darling (sweetie,sweetie, darling) was sworn in as the High and Mighty Governor of Van Diemen's Land, then promptly declared Van Diemen's Land indepenent from Them Up North (NSW) banged together the Legislative Council and handed the whole kit and kaboodle back to Lt-Gov Arthur.

1854 Disliking the Eureka Stockade for its simplistic architectural design and way of enhancing the landscape both the Military and police attacked, with 5 troopers and 35-40 miners killed.

1863 The Land Confiscation Law was passed in NZ, allowing for land to be removed from the Maori deemed to have fought against the British on the North Island.

1867 In an upstairs room of the Canterbury Provincial Government Buildings Julius Von Haast opened NZ's first museum, Canterbury Museum, to the public for the first time.

1914 Both Aussies and Kiwis disembarked at Alexandria to undergo training where the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) was born.

1924 In Hereford Street, Canterbury, The Children's Library was officially opened.
Children could be borrowed for up to 3 days but those who weren't toilet trained were only for half-day loans.

1926 Agatha Christie was missing from today until she turned up in an hotel 11 days later.
Of course, we all now know she was recovering from battling a giant wasp with Doctor Who.

1942 Aussie sheilas aged between 18 - 30 were called up, not for a good time, but for the war.

1960 After 8 years of toil the man-made Bluff Island Harbour was opened in NZ.

1972 Calder Raceway in Victoria was born.
It's a raceway.
And it's near the Calder Freeway.
Brrrroom, brrrroom.

1972 Christchurch Airport played host to the first jumbo jet to grace the Kiwi tarmac.

12 comments:

angel gurl said...

you reckon the children could last half a day if they were not toilet trained lol, I did so goggle at the three day loan period.....if only ...

ELIZABETH said...

That explains it. 1924..I was late. Kept trying to return mine and couldn't figure out why they wouldn't take him.

Brian Hughes said...

"Only 22 days till the Fat man leaps down the chimney, stuffs the reindeer in the linen cupboard, guzzles all your brandy...etc."

Ah...you employ the same electrician as us then?

jeanie said...

I want to know - what if the children are overdue - do you receive a fine or a blessing?

Anja said...

Does anyone know what happened to Agatha Christie in those 11 days? Although I do like the Dr Who and wasp scenario.

Jayne said...

By day 3 they'd be whining for lollies and Meccano sets, Janine lol.

Ahhh, I'd hate to see your late fine, Elizabeth :P

Yep, the invisible one who never turns up when he says he will, Brian.

You get to change all the nappies on the half-day loan babies as a reminder to never be late again, Jeanie :P

No one, as far as I know, as ever really known what happened, Anja and Agatha always claimed to have no memory of those days.
Those giant wasps will do that...

Mistress B said...

I think I'd better lock up my BBQ............ lol

Brian Hughes said...

"No one, as far as I know, as ever really known what happened..."

I vaguely remember something about her having a nervous breakdown and ending up in some asylum at Bath or something...although others reckoned it was all a big publicity stunt. Personally I think the butler did it, with the lead piping in the library.

Andrew said...

Agatha Christie was missing from today until she turned up in an hotel 11 days later

Mirandaaaaaa

Jayne said...

He likes the gas ones, B ;)

Brian,it was probably the stress of driving those infernal horseless carriages that bucked one out at the sight of a curve in the road, What!

ROFLMFAO, Andrew. That was a long running joke on our radio show, with Mirandaaaaaaaaaa being screeched often ;)

Andrew said...

Ok. I did hear you on the wireless then. Vague recollection.

Jayne said...

Was the wee small hours, Andrew. Probably induced nightmares for you lol.

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