Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18 And she dredges forth even more dreck

Yes, what can I say?
I have time on my hands, it keeps me off the streets and out of mischief.

The Crib Point post office opened in 1890.
Yes, it's a big deal to Crib Point.

What was an even bigger deal was the vet who shoved his arm down a sharks gullet to remove a hook in 2008.
Nice one!

1814 saw Matthew Flinders' book in print where he named Australia... well, Australia.
Otherwise we'd still be New Holland or Terra Australis.
And neither of those could be girt by sea.

The Hawera & Normanby Star trumpeted that "the gayest display everywhere" for the peace celebrations in Sydney in 1919.
Cos bunting, banners and greenery hide the numerous ghosts of young men so effectively...

Men playing with balls again....saw the Geelong Football Club formally created at a meeting at the Victoria Hotel in 1859.

And there's another bundle of nonsense to keep your collegues captivated at the water cooler.
Or not.


  1. Love them. Thanks. And Sydney still prides itself on the gayest display (and not nearly as many young men die so the Mardi Gras can be celebrated.)

  2. You're welcome :)
    Hear, Hear, EC !

  3. I am amazed a certain vet from the Sydney coastline didn't get in on that shark action - very much his raison d'etre, don't you think?

  4. I hope that shark was suitably grateful and promised not to eat the vet next time he went swimming!

  5. Ahh, yes, I hadn't thought of him, Jeanie but now that you mention it....!

    LOL River, that or there was going to be a HUGE serving of flake on the menu ;)

  6. Haha! What would we have been known as had Australia not been named such? New Hollandonians?? Or maybe New Dutch??? Or Terrastrials???? They all sound like fine beginnings for a National Anthem, don't they?!

  7. I prefer the idea of being a Terrastrial lol, I can claim ET as a distant cuz ;)

  8. Ah, nice t see ya back in form ..

    (can't really respond with the same sort of wry humour .. but yep, Capt'n Mat is a direct ancestor. there are several histories, all a bit sad-ish. "My love must wait" by Ernastine Hill is probably the most emotional, and most interesting.

    Also "Matthew Flinders" by James D. Mack (an American, oddly).

  9. correction .. not quite 'direct' ancestor. have access to the facsimile of a "family tree" hand drawn by a Mr. Burgess of Fleet, Lincolnshire dated (damn, have to look it up - memory says 1780).

    One of the most beautiful 'family trees' that have seen. hand drawn, as an oak, begins in 1580. Includes where the "Flinders" family joins my own ancestry. The "tree" stops somewhere in the 1800's(?), when Capt'n Matthew was a "leutenant" on the "Bellorophon" .. "lately returned from the island of Ohiu" .. must look up the exact details again..

  10. That sounds lovely, Dave, hope you've got it framed :)