Wednesday, April 9, 2014

April 9 On this day in Oz History

Yep, still plugging away to have these up and ready to schedule to keep going whilst I'm off like a bucket of prawns!

Today in 1989 Wayne Gardner romped home to win the inaugural Phillip Island 500cc Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Which generated a great deal more excitement than the general election that was held on this day in 1927.

As mentioned in yesterdays post Mad Dog Morgan was sent to his maker today in 1865 during a shoot out with police at Peechelba Station near Wangaratta.

Jimmy Cook was out for a post-lunch Sunday sail in 1770 (as you do to help with the digestion of the Sunday roast ..and to avoid the mother-in-law) when he happened upon a nice little bay that pleased him down to his cotton socks; so he named it Botany Bay.

Today in 1896 saw the beginnings of the Aussie love affair with a sponge cake dunked in melted chocolate and rolled madly in coconut....yes, Lord Lamington himself became Governor of Queendland today after whom the cakes are named although rumour claims he grew tired of them, calling them "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".
Then again, this from a bloke who shot and killed a koala when a guest of nature conservationists...!