Thursday, February 5, 2009

Tip-toe Through the Tulips Trivial History Friday February 6

Had a great intro ready to type and then poop , mayhem and raucous nonsense broke out en masse here so I now have a mind rattling empty once more.
Nice weather we're having.....

It is Waitangi Day in NZ; you may pop over HERE to find out the goods about it.

1788 The first female convicts graced Port Jackson with their presence...and of course riots and debauchery followed.
In an obviously displeased foot-stamping from the Goddess a violent thunderstorm that night sacrificed 6 sheep and a pig.

1808 The US whaling boat Topaz popped in for a sticky-beak to Pitcairn Island and found the final survivor of the Bounty mutiny, John Adams, with a small community of his descendents.

1840 The Lt-Governor William Hobson, having done a bunk from the shores of Or-Stray-lia to The Shaky Isles, put his mark on the Treaty of Waitangi along with the Maori chiefs.

1851 Black Thursday bushfires roared all over Victoria, turning the day into night and roasting the air to 47 degrees C. For more details and the famous painting "Black Thursday" click HERE.

1934 The Treaty House and grounds at Waitangi were dedicated as a national reserve.

1947 The first Waitangi Day celebrations were held by the Royal New Zealand Navy who had erected a flagpole in the Treay House grounds.

1947 The liner Wanganella had a crush on Barrett Reef since January 19 and was stuck there like a shag on a rock until this day when it was refloated off and away to become a hostel ship for workers.

1956 Toorak Road, Tooronga was always a bit of a smarty-pants and proved it, yet again, by holding its breath the longest until it got to host the first automatic rail boom gates.


  1. "...and of course riots and debauchery followed."

    Good job there were plenty of male convicts around to get 'em to stop.

  2. Yes, they most likely held those fiery gals in check, Brian :P

    No problem, Lisa :)

    What Anja said!

  3. automatic rail boom gates Delaying motorists since 1956. Lucky it is not a busy railway line.

  4. Ooo I am such a bad blogger, but like you it seems, chaos happens and by the time I've got my head on straight again, I've forgotten where I was. Well done you playing catch up.

    At this rate I shall know more Australian history than American. Is that a bad thing I wonder?

  5. Raucous nonsense sounds like a lot of fun.

  6. "Lucky it's not a busy railway line" ....coz the pollies recognise that cars comes first, Andrew ;)

    Never a bad thing, Maddie, and something to talk about over the dishwasher and Nonna ;)

    It was for about 3 mins, Evyl, then it became merely hysterical ;)

  7. Just clicked on that bushfire link - wow, that must have been truly scary!

    Can you imagine those poor farmers who were saved by the severe drought, because there was nothing to burn?

  8. Yep, blessings come in strange ways.
    Have stood in front of that painting,Jeanie, and it's HUGE so you get drawn right into the panic-driven exodus, you can smell the smoke and feel the dry, burning heat.