The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks [10 July 1858]

[Editor: A “tongue in cheek” article about a newly-discovered tribe of Aborigines, who were said to have goldfields nearby. Published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858. See the related article, “New race of Aboriginals: Gold discovery”.] The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks. — A very interesting par appears in the […]

That Museum [8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous item published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] That Museum. I had a dream the other night. I was walking through the Australian War Museum in the year 3018. The principal exhibit was an Aussie tunic, to which this notice was attached:— “AUSSIE JACKET. A relic of […]

The Flea Farm [humour, 8 March 1918]

[Editor: A humourous story published in Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine, no. 3, 8 March 1918.] The Flea Farm. I’ve heard Aussies tell stories to the unsophisticated of many different kinds of farms we have “out there” — there’s the Jackeroo farm, the Nullanulla farm, the Wombat farm, etc., etc. But the boy with the […]

Humour from various publications

[Editor: A collection of assorted jokes and humorous items from various newspapers. These are not necessarily Australian in origin, as establishing the provenance of jokes and humorous pieces can be problematic; nevertheless, they were published in Australia, for Australian audiences, and are offered here on that basis.] I am happy, Tom, to hear the report […]