First overland telegraph [chapter 53 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 53 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 30 June 1935.] The story of Australia — LIII First overland telegraph Prior to the year 1872 our only communication with Europe was by means of the Peninsular and Oriental Line, which ran a monthly service of […]

The Eureka rebellion: Diggers take up arms against police and military [chapter 52 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 52 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 23 June 1935.] The story of Australia — LII The Eureka rebellion Diggers take up arms against police and military The refusal of Governor Hotham to release the three men condemned for burning Bentley’s Hotel caused intense […]

Digger hunting on the goldfields [chapter 51 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 51 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 16 June 1935.] The story of Australia. — LI Digger hunting on the goldfields During the three years which passed since the discovery of gold in 1851 the goldfields had grown apace. The discovery of the Eureka […]

The Ballarat gold rush of 1851 [chapter 50 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 50 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 9 June 1935.] The story of Australia — L. The Ballarat gold rush of 1851 At the beginning of 1851 Victoria was merely a pastoral settlement, with a population of 77,345. At this period it was in […]

Discovery of gold [chapter 49 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 49 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 2 June 1935, p. 29.] The story of Australia — XLIX Discovery of gold The year 1851 is especially memorable in the annals of Australia, as it marks the discovery of rich gold fields near Bathurst, which […]