Songs for the Miners. No. IV. [song, 30 May 1851]

[Editor: One of a series of “Songs for the Miners” published in The Empire, 1851.] Songs for the Miners. No. IV. [Our late Devil was overheard singing the following song the last thing before he started for the Diggings.] Believe me, if all those enticing long yams, Which I hear the boys spinning to-day, Were […]

Songs for the Miners. No. 3. [song, 26 May 1851]

[Editor: One of a series of “Songs for the Miners” published in The Empire, 1851.] Songs for the Miners. No. 3. The Baker’s Boy* to the mines is gone, In the diggers’ ranks you’ll find him ; His master’s shovel he has girded on, And the flour-sieve slung behind him, “Land of Gold !” said […]

Songs for the Miners. No. 2. [song, 24 May 1851]

[Editor: One of a series of “Songs for the Miners” published in The Empire, 1851.] Songs for the Miners. No. 2. Softly as falls the bell-bird’s song, Our shovels we ply and our hopes grow strong ; Soon as the loaves in store looks small, For Bathurst we’ll start with our golden “haul.” Dig, brothers […]

Songs for the Miners. No. I. [song, 22 May 1851]

[Editor: One of a series of “Songs for the Miners” published in The Empire, 1851.] Songs for the Miners. No. I. Away, away to the Bathurst ground, Where the “dust” is brightly shining : Away, away to the “Diggins” found, Where the boys are busily mining. And Midas, my boy, in thy turn thou’lt be, […]

Highlights in goldfields history [19 August 1945]

[Editor: Some interesting aspects of life on the early goldfields, such as building a home out of tins, and tricking Muslim transporters (camel drivers) into carrying bacon.] Believe it – It’s true Highlights in goldfields history Gold telluride was first discovered on the Boulder Block 45 lease on May 24, 1896. Mr. Erle Huntley, of […]