My History Blog for Tuesday 18th September 2012

Image Emperor Trajan

Today is Tuesday the 18th September 2012AD

Trajan, X111 Roman Emperor born this day in 53AD. He was noted for his extensive public building program which reshaped Rome and left such landmarks as Trajan’s Forum and Column.

Actress Greta Garbo born at Stockholm in 1905. The American Film Institute ranked her fifth on their list of greatest female stars of all time after Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and Ingrid Bergman.

1879. The Blackpool Illuminations are switched on for the first time.

1927. The Columbia Broadcasting System goes to air.

Anno Domini.


James Scullin, 9th Prime Minister of Australia born 1867. Two days after he was sworn in as Prime Minister, The Wall St. Crash occurred marking the beginning of the Great Depression. A very interesting and tumultuous period in our Federal history. As leader of the Opposition, he had been vocal about the cost of running the Prime Minister’s residence we call the Lodge. During his time in office he and his wife stayed at the Hotel Canberra when parliament was sitting and remained in their home in Melbourne at other times. Its a shame our present leader does not follow his example. We could then use it to house the miscellaneous illigal immigrants that invade our shores.

Balgarup River is a 66km tributary of the Blackwood River. The rivers join at Wild Horse Swamp. The name comes from the Aboriginal and is thought to mean ‘place of the Blackboy Trees’. It was first recorded by surveyor Alfred Hillman in 1840.

Watercolour Tip.

Most unsuccessful paintings are ruined before they are begun. You need to think about what can be played down or left out altogether and very important decide on a focal point before lifting a brush.

Thunder storm developing. The garden will enjoy a good downpour. See you tomorrow.

Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!


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