Thursday, October 29, 2009

October is almost gone bring on Halloween!

I shall a'haunting go so lock your windows tightly Saturday night! razz

Today's post seems to have a theme of grog running through it...or rather the attempts to limit the said grog.

1838 The first Temperance meeting was held in Melbourne.
Yes, the drunken yobs of today are still trying to console themselves and get a grip on that fact...

1865 The Native Land Court came into being which made it easier to gain Maori land.
More details HERE.

1918 The Armistice with Turkey was signed, ending Turkey's involvement in WW1.

1918 A petition carrying 240,000 signatures was presented to NZ Parliament in an effort to introduce Prohibition which was only narrowly out-voted in a referendum the following April.
For more info on the Temperance movement in NZ click HERE.

1920 On this day at the University of Toronto Frederick Banting dashed off a note which resulted in his research team discovering insulin...
"Tie pancreas ducts of dogs. Wait six or eight weeks. Remove and extract."
(Then mix with tomato juice and call it a Bloody Mary?)

1929 Nova Scotia did away with Prohibition so that the Govt could control the *hic* liquor.

1975 A young 24 yr old Tony Mundine took out the Australian and Commonwealth Light Heavyweight boxing titles in Blacktown, Sydney.

1976 The first woman ever sworn in as a RCMP, Heather Ann Phyllis, resigned to get married.
There was one Mountie who got her man... *boom boom*

1985 Keri Hulme won the Booker McConnell prize for her novel The Bone People.

Yellow = New Zealand
Orange = Canada
Green = Australia
Red = usually British or other nationality
Anything in bold, italics and coloured blue is a link to another site with more info.


  1. I'll open the wine if you make it this far.

  2. I'll pump up the air in the landing gear on my broomstick ;)