Tuesday, November 3, 2009

November 4...Shocking Crime Scene in Melbourne Cup win!

Crikey Moses, Gummy Mary, Sodom and Gomorrah, have been doing some more family history delving and I may have not only identified one of my Aboriginal ancestors in the family photos but the fact her father was one of the early policemen aka 'patrolman' in the Sydney area.
But he wasn't for very long...after barely 12 months he was given the heave ho and royally dismissed by the Gov'ner.
Thank goodness, for a moment there I thought we had a deep, dark stain on our family of a law abiding citizen....!
So, let's have a break and hunt up some inoffensive trivial tripe to tickle someone's funny bone.....

1897 Although they used gas lighting night cycling at Lancaster Park just didn't take off.
Oh, I say! Not enough power in the gas, watt!
Beanz Meanz Fartz Lightz!

An A Cappella musical interlude from Tripod and Eddie Perfect with Meet Me in The Middle Of The Air.

1930 Kiwi-born Phar Lap blitzed the Melbourne Cup.
Click HERE to watch a mini-movie of the event.
Or don't.
See if I care, hmph!

1990 Canadian PM Brian Mulroney offered an apology to Canadians of Italian descent who were forced into internment camps for the duration of WW2.
He had earlier apologised to Japanese Canadians for the same thing.

1992 Marion Rheaume, goalie, became the first chicky-babe to sign a professional hockey contract.

Now, I'm about to do my Molly Meldrum bit here and recommend that you do yourself a favour by going out to get a copy of Australian Tragic by Jack Marx.
It's a collection of little-known/forgotten events throughout Oz history.
Well written, well researched, some subjects have enough twists and turns to keep you guessing and re-thinking long-held stances on some of the more notorious people in recent Oz history.
I think there would be enough stories out there to warrent a second book but obviously there has to be enough interest in this book first so go grab a copy and dip into it!

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. "Australian Tragic": Yet another Aussie book which made me send a "please consider buying" enquiry to my local library because of spotting it on your blog, Jayne. It looks interesting!

  2. "It's a collection of little-known/forgotten events throughout Oz history."

    Just about all of it then. (Ducks and runs for cover.

  3. Just finished my tour of Geelong. What a lovely place.
    Just a small complaint ... the photos didn't transfer to big when I clicked. A minor point ... if it was the way FB set things up don't spoil his day :)

  4. There's a few surprises in there, Lisa, especially the real reason the last Tassie Tiger died in the zoo. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

    In my father-in-law's (only) famous line "you can run but you can't hide" :P

    Yep, Elizabeth, it was the way he uploaded them then transferred them across to my folder I think.