Monday, February 14, 2011

On This Day in Aussie History...have a rose/box of chocolates/foot rub/roast dinner... while you're at it

Happy Valentine's Day, Dear Reader!

Now, before you go muttering that it's an American tradition taking over Oz, let me point out that the miners on the goldfields throughout the 1850s, 1860s and so forth began bragging about their wealth and gold finds by splurging pressies left, right and centre on the object of their heart's desire.
Whether that object returned their feelings is not recorded within the mining board minutes but it's the thought that counts....right?

The Evening Post from New Zealand in 1934 had a whole slew of fascinating bits and bobs.
Have at it HERE.

In keeping in with the moolah angle we swapped from Imperial pounds and pence to dollars and cents on this day in 1966.

More along the money lines (or so those *shocking* cynics would have us believe) the Venerable Archdeacon Broughton was consecrated as Bishop of Oz in 1836.
Ruby/Prada slippers were optional.

In 1942 things weren't all sunshine; the S.S Vyner Brooke was bombed by Japanese aircraft and sunk in Banka Strait resulting in the deaths of 12 Aussie nurses.
31 of the nurses were taken as PoWs with 8 later dying during captivity.

PM Kevvie Rudd, in 2008, made the formal apology to Australian Indigenous people.

And, poor old Captain Cook who started it all by casting his baby blues over our shoreline, in 1779 was done to a turn in the Sandwich Islands aka Hawaii.


  1. Happy Valentines to you too! Hope you have a lovely day X

  2. Happy V day Jayne xx Mike got a card and a new compost bin lol and I got a card and a pandora charm....tonight is date night so we are off to the observatory to look at stars.....

  3. Ha! I KNEW there was more to VD than Hallmark and Red Tulip!!! I'm surprised, though, that we'd consider celebrating anything other than these momentous historical moments on 14/2!!

    Have a great day!!

  4. Just like primary school history lesson.
    Happy V Day to you too. I had two chocolate hearts. One I bought myself and one give away from Officeworks.

  5. I got ripped orf. My five cents did not buy as many pink musk sticks or liquorice blocks as my sixpence did.

  6. Did Ruddie do that on VD? How odd!

  7. On 14-2-66 it was a good thing I was employed by the Commonwealth Bank (you know the one, with no shareholders, when it was the People's Bank) or I would still be trying to figure out the money.
    That year, an LP record and a pair of Levis jeans were both 52/6 aka $5.25 and my wages were $24 per week.