On Tasmania’s Receiving the Writ of Freedom [poem by Caroline Leakey, 1854]

[Editor: A poem by Caroline Leakey, written in celebration of the end of the transportation of convicts to Tasmania in 1853.] On Tasmania’s Receiving the Writ of Freedom. Fair virgin of the South, we call on thee ; Receive with smiling courtesy the writ Which bids thee now from childhood’s thrall be free ; Thy […]

The Prisoner’s Hospital, Van Diemen’s Land [poem by Caroline Leakey, 1854]

[Editor: A poem by Caroline Leakey, set in Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania).] The Prisoner’s Hospital, Van Diemen’s Land. O prison-house of sighing ! Where the weary and the worn, The long-pent and the dying, Lie friendless and forlorn ; Where sickness preys on weariness, And prey they both on life ; The mother weeps in […]