William Bland [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Bland, WILLIAM (1789-1868), born in London on 5 November 1789 and educated at Merchant Taylors’ school (his name, however, does not appear in the school register), was trained for the medical profession by his father — himself a specialist in obstetrics — and in […]

Black Wednesday [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Black Wednesday, 9 January 1878, the day (so named as a bitter parody on Black Thursday) on which the Berry ministry dismissed public officials wholesale. The Victorian legislative council had refused to pass the appropriation bill, and Sir G. Berry, on the plea that […]

Black Trackers [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Black Trackers, aboriginals attached to the police force in several Australian States, who are employed chiefly in tracking criminals and lost persons in outlying districts. The earliest known official reference to the use of aboriginals for this purpose occurs in a memorial of the […]

Black Thursday [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Black Thursday, 6 February 1851, the day on which an immense tract of country in Victoria was laid waste by one of the most disastrous bush fires known in Australia. Its origin was ascribed to the carelessness of some bullock-drivers in the Plenty Ranges, […]

Sir Joseph Banks [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Banks, SIR JOSEPH (1743-1820), only son of William Banks of Revesby in Lincolnshire, was born in Argyle-street, London, on 13 February 1743, and educated at Harrow, Eton and Oxford. During his first year at the university (1761) his father died, leaving him Revesby with […]