Clarrie Dennis’ Message to Lauraites: Laura Days [poem by C. J. Dennis, 1 July 1932]

[Editor: This article includes both a poem and a letter by C. J. Dennis; it was published in The Laura Standard and Crystal Brook Courier (1 July 1932).] Clarrie Dennis’ message to Lauraites. Laura Days. Dreaming to-day in a forest green Where the great gums rake the sky, My thoughts turn back to another scene […]

The state prisoners [letter from the Eureka Rebellion prisoners, 14 February 1855]

The state prisoners [letter from the Eureka Rebellion prisoners, 14 February 1855] [Editor: A letter from the Eureka Rebellion prisoners. Published in The Age, 14 February 1855.] The state prisoners The following is the copy of a letter addressed by the state prisoners now awaiting their trial in the Melbourne Gaol to the Sheriff, complaining […]

The Babington letter [by Ned Kelly, 1870]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1870 and sent to Sergeant James Babington (of the Kyneton police).] [Background: This was written at a time, following Ned Kelly’s release from police custody, when many people in his area thought that Ned had informed on Harry Power (the bushranger) to the police. As […]

The Parkes letter [by Ned Kelly, 1879]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1879 and sent to Sir Henry Parkes (Premier of New South Wales).] [Background: In the Parkes letter, Ned Kelly states that he is in Bathurst. It is possible that this was written to aggravate Sir Henry Parkes (Premier of New South Wales) in retaliation for […]

The Cameron letter [by Ned Kelly, 1878]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1878 and sent to Donald Cameron (a Victorian politician).] [Background information: On 9 December 1878, the Kelly Gang took over Younghusband’s station property at Faithfull’s Creek near Euroa. Twenty-two people at the sheep-station were rounded up and locked in a storeroom while the Gang’s horses […]