Saturday, October 31, 2009

All Saints Day ..or The Day We Shovel Them Dead Ghosts and Ghoulies Back Into Their Graves...

1849 The streets of Quebec weren't quite paved with gold but on this day they were lit by coal gas.

1898 The NZ Old Age Pension Act was passed, for older, destitute people "of good character" worthy to receive the 18 pounds per year.
This was the first of its kind in the British Empire.

1903 The Invercargill to Christchurch rail service began choofing along.

1923 Victoria's coppers went on strike.
Laugh? We nearly shat ourselves in the riotous time that followed!

1934 Another hysterical event was when the Federal Govt ordered the NT police to stop chaining up Aboriginal prisoners.

1941 In Ontario the Rainbow Bridge was officially opened to Niagara Falls in New York.
We have yet to convince homophobes to get the fluck over it....


  1. "The Day We Shovel Them Dead Ghosts and Ghoulies Back Into Their Graves..."

    Nobody wants to be grabbed by the ghoulies, and that's a fact...

  2. VicPol going on strike was interesting. My grandfather was a special constable. Not sure if he was a hero or a scab.

  3. 18 pounds per year!! Doesn't sound like much, but in 1898 it probably helped a lot of people not starve to death.

  4. hysterical? Stop chaining aboriginal prisoners?

    Laughing at Brian's ghoulies comment. (Now that's hysterical!)

  5. I have family in Invercargill and Christchurch you know. That's probably how they were able to move. The train service !!

    I went to an All Souls Day service.