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On This Day……… 1st April 1860

Celebrating ancient festivals came easily to new gold rush settlements. Chiltern in North East Victoria, was only a few months old when April Fools Day came around in 1860, but did they forget their ancient customs? Unfortunate doctors and lawyers, whose sleep was disturbed by midnight calls to attend imaginary emergencies, and to take death – bed wills at 3am from soundly sleeping men in robust health, would mutter an emphatic “no”. According to the Chiltern Standard, half the towns business and professional people were got out of bed under one pretext or another.

 

 

On This Day……… 1st April 1927

A novel hoax was played in Melbourne, Victoria on April Fools Day 1927, when a well padded wallet was nailed to the roadway opposite Spencer street Station. Many thousands of people hurrying on their way to work passed it, with some even trying to pick it up. All failed, much to the delight of the hoaxer watching.

 

 

On This Day……… 1st April 1927

A novel hoax was played in Melbourne, Victoria on April Fools Day 1927, when a well padded wallet was nailed to the roadway opposite Spencer street Station. Many thousands of people hurrying on their way to work passed it, with some even trying to pick it up. All failed, much to the delight of the hoaxer watching.

 

 

On This Day……… 1st April 1860

Celebrating ancient festivals came easily to new gold rush settlements. Chiltern in North East Victoria, was only a few months old when April Fools Day came around in 1860, but did they forget their ancient customs? Unfortunate doctors and lawyers, whose sleep was disturbed by midnight calls to attend imaginary emergencies, and to take death – bed wills at 3am from soundly sleeping men in robust health, would mutter an emphatic “no”. According to the Chiltern Standard, half the towns business and professional people were got out of bed under one pretext or another.

 

 

One April Fools’ Day Barry Humphries placed a roast dinner and glass of champagne in an inner-city rubbish bin. Later in the morning, when there were many businesspeople queuing at a nearby building, Humphries approached the group as a dirty, dishevelled man. He walked to the bin, opened the lid and proceeded to lift the roast and glass of champagne and drink from the glass. Much to the amazement of watchers-by, he found a suitable seating area and began to eat the meal. Such stunts were the early manifestations of a lifelong interest in the bizarre, discomforting and subversive.