Wednesday, January 1, 2014

January 1 New Day, New Month, New Year, let's start some mischief!

Goooooooooooooooooooooood morning dear reader and welcome to another year of babble, prattle and nonsense from yours truly.
Yes, another year down and just 365 days to fill with my blather on history, the weather and the tomato grubs.
Aren't you excited down to your little cotton socks?!
You can tell the coffee is working this morning, can't you?

The furbaby has stopped vomiting, the tomatoes have obviously been on the turps all night cos they're lying down all over the place and there is not a peep from the mad neighbours over the back fence...2014 is shaping up to be a WINNER!

From today in 1837 for a pittance of £10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.

Twas a Monday in 1838 and some poor bloke, namely John Pascoe Fawkner, obviously had no friends or parties to be at/recovering from cos Melbourne's first newspaper began being issued as a weekly fishwrapper; it was a 4 page handwritten effort titled the Melbourne Advertiser.
I'm guessing with the hand written aspect it didn't advertise too much stuff.

Yet another event John Pascoe Fawkner was not invited to attend. Sucks to be him!  photo 1530453_252360661596847_1906220422_n_zps574cab63.jpg

One picnic that ended badly was the Broken Hill Massacre on this day in 1915 in which 6 people were killed and 7 injured when two Pakistan Muslim chaps fired onto the crowded picnic train; the attackers were not linked to any group or movement but acted on their own in retaliation to Australia and Turkey joining opposing sides in WW1.

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On this day from 1979 until January 1, 1984 Australia's first Aboriginal owned and controlled radio station, the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) 8KIN FM started broadcasting, producing videos and making video clips. Early radio programs were broadcast on Alice Springs stations 8CCC and 8HA. 

Today in 1971 everyone had to get in, sit down and belt up; seat belts became compulsory fashion accessories in all Victorian motor vehicles.

1974 woke up in Oz to the Federal Govt taking over the financing of tertiary education and kicking uni fees to the kerb.

And a year later (1975 for those of you not keeping up) The Uni of Woolongong was founded.

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One who went big (then went home the hard way probably via Hell) was Superintendent Charles La Trobe who made William Thomas the 'Guardian' of Aboriginal people in 1850 with instructions "to keep the blacks out of Melbourne".

1972 saw the first Indigenous produced radio programs going to air on 5UV in Adelaide and at Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Media Association (TAIMA) at Mount Stuart, south of Townsville on 4KIG FM.

The Northern Territory was ripped from the arms of South Australia in 1912 and told to make its own way in the world as part of the Commonwealth of Oz.


  1. Hooray for a puke free day. Which probably puts you ahead of many households today. Avant garde, aren't you?

    1. She made up for it this morning, EC, ewwwww.

  2. I never knew about the indigenous radio programs. We're more a TV family, but even so, we had the radio on now and again. Probably tuned to the wrong stations...
    Have your tomatoes picked themselves up yet? I have several plants which were getting cooked on my front porch, so moved them under the trees around the side, now the flowers have died on them, but there's no sign of fruit. Dammit.

    1. They've done a graceful flop to one side, River, all fallen in a heap like a 'tired and emotional' celebrity out on the tiles.

  3. Pakistani's? I am with the understanding that the Pakistan nation was conceived in 1947.

    1. Technically they came from an area of Indian that is now Pakistan, Vest, whether or not they would have stayed after the partition we don't know.

  4. Went to the club with nearest and dearest last night, lots of alcoholic jollity from those attending the Aulde Lange Syne palaver - managed to escape from the madness about twelve thirty.
    Rose at 7am, 10 am went shopping with Rosemary, out over four hours one outfit and other fem stuff + 3 pairs of shoes and lunch at the Colonel's place. must get my wallet refilled tomorrow.
    A Happy and prosperous New Year to all of you charming damsels calling at this post.

    1. Sounds like a fun time you've had...except for the shopping bit, ergh, can't stand shopping or crowds or spending money lol.

  5. Blimey lady, far too chirpy for any morning!!