Thursday, January 8, 2009

Controversial Trivial History January 8

 Feral Beast is ok, still sound asleep as he was worn out with all the TV watching at the hospital last night *sigh* poor little poppet!


 1789 The first European baby pupped on Norfolk Island, son of Superintendent Philip Gidley King and convict woman Ann Inett, was named (drumroll for those unimaginative parents) Norfolk.
You think that's bad, she had another son to King, back in Sydney that was named....Sydney.

1818 Gov Macquarie was a tad miffed at the Flogging Parson Samuel Marsden so he told him not to darken the doorstep of Govt House again!
So there!

1856 or 1857 Today or January 1
Now either the Victorian State Govt has their facts wrong (good golly gosh, no! that couldn't be, surely?!) or every other website has the year wrong...and the date. Anyway Melbourne City proper got lit up by applying flame to gas lamps on this day in 1856...or 1857...either back on New Years' Day or on this one.

1863 Julius von Haast was a geologist who began trotting all over the South Island looking for a footpath from the east to the west coasts and got himself all whipped into a frenzy by stumbling over gold, coal and mountain passes...and other stuffs in NZ.

1877 Riccarton was a wild and daring place where they trialled the use of those new infernal harvesting machines *cue horror music*.

1918 PM Billy Hughes threw his resignation into the ring after the 2nd conscription referendum told him to take a flying leap voted "NO".

1960 Top 40 Aussie single was She's My Baby by Johnny O'Keefe.
Where you can see a lot of likeness to his nephew TV host Andrew O'Keefe who is with the Umbilical Brothers HERE, HERE and HERE.

1979 The Transport Board Buses, in Christchurch, were equally daring when they *gasp* allowed women drivers behind the wheels of their big buses!!!

10 comments:

Brian Hughes said...

"...she had another son to King, back in Sydney that was named....Sydney."

Thank God she didn't have any kids when she was living in Crapstone in England.

RVB said...

The Transport Board Buses, in Christchurch, were equally daring when they *gasp* allowed women drivers behind the wheels of their big buses!!!

The NZ transport departments have always been a bit backwards...I mean, seriously! They are currently destroying a cross-country passenger line as we speak.

Myst_72 said...

I'm glad he's o.k. - must have been a worry for you.

G
xx

pure evyl said...

That O'Keefe guy was some kind of stylish!!!

Dina said...

I hope everything is okay.

angel gurl said...

what can I say after being one of the first countries to give woman the vote we were a little behind in other areas lol.

miss diarist said...

Glad that FB is ok. Meanwhile, Norfolk? A friend of mine knew somebody who named their kids Fingall and Oberon after the areas they were conceived in. Er, thanks parents.

Andrew said...

I can't believe you mentioned Andrew O'Keefe, Jayne, and left out the gutter incident.

jeanie said...

I only recently read a book that gave the King kids story. I once worked with a girl named after the park she was conceived in!

Oh, and I read - no, I threw away - another book about Australian society that had in the intro that Expo was in '89 - I figured if it had that wrong it wasn't too well researched - so people get years wrong all the time in Google-land.

Jayne said...

You can picture her standing on the doorstep screeching for the kids to come in for dinner, can't you Brian? :P

Yes, Reuben.

Ta and he is, G!

He wasn't a bad old stick, Evyl ;)

Ta, Dina.

Catching up, though, Janine!

Oh, is that why the actor is called FJ Holden, MD ? :P

That gutter incident belongs in that very place, Andrew. I prefer to head straight for the sewer :P

Ta, Jeanie, now I don't feel so bamboozled ;)

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