The Creek of the Four Graves [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: This poem by Charles Harpur was published in The Bushrangers; A Play in Five Acts, and Other Poems (1853).] The Creek of the Four Graves. I verse a Settler’s Tale of the old times, — One told me by our friend, the kindly sage, Old Egremont, who then went forth with four Of his […]

A Black Reckoning [poem by Kenneth Mackay]

[Editor: This poem by Kenneth Mackay was published in Stirrup Jingles from the Bush and the Turf and Other Rhymes (1887).] A Black Reckoning. “You want to know why I’ve wandered away Alone like a beaten dog?” Said the old sheep super Harrison Grey “Well, take a seat on the log; And here, as you […]

Natives [Aborigines attack settlers, 21 April 1805]

[Editor: An account of some attacks by Aborigines upon settlers in New South Wales. Published in The Sydney Gazette, and New South Wales Advertiser, 21 April 1805.] Natives. With inexpressible concern we have to recount a series of barbarities lately practised by a banditti of these people, inhabiting the out-skirts of Hawkesbury. Last Wednesday se’nnight […]

Obituary: Mr. John Allen [“Death of a Tasmanian pioneer”, 31 December 1879]

[Editor: An article about an Australian pioneer, John Allen (1806-1879). An extract from the “Obituary” column. Published in The Mercury, 31 December 1879.] Obituary. Mr. John Allen. — A few days ago Mr. John Allen, one of the oldest settlers in Glamorgan, passed away at the age of 73. He was born in county Somerset, […]

The Australian Sepoys [10 July 1858]

[Editor: An article published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858.] The Australian Sepoys. — We perceive by the Darling Downs Gazette that the sable gentry are continuing their murderous and plundering career unchecked on the frontiers. They are even becoming facetious in wickedness. A band of black braves have attacked […]