The Absentee [poem, 31 December 1899]

[Editor: A poem published in the “Acta Diurna” column of The West Australian Sunday Times, 31 December 1899.] [The Absentee] The lovely “bull” which is incorporated in the ensuing slab of jingle is considered of too touching a nature for cold-blooded everyday prose. Therefore, incline thine ear for the lilt of — “The Absentee.” He […]

Difficulties of settlement in Western Australia [chapter 42 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 42 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 14 April 1935.] The story of Australia — XLII Difficulties of settlement in Western Australia From the first things did not go well with the new settlement formed at Perth. Most of the settlers were unfit for […]

The settlement of Western Australia [chapter 41 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 41 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 7 April 1935.] The story of Australia — XLI The settlement of Western Australia It was rather a curious fact that when Sir Ralph Darling became Governor of New South Wales in 1825 it was doubtful if […]