Sonnet [poem by “Scotus”, 12 June 1823]

[Editor: A poem published in the Sydney Gazette, and New South Wales Advertiser, 12 June 1823.] Sonnet. Australia! I have thought of thee, When far beyond yon troubled sea! In a distant and colder clime, I have wistfully thought of this land of crime! But now, when its fair fields rise on the view, Its […]

The Slave [poem, 6 November 1823]

[Editor: A poem with an anti-slavery theme. Published in the Sydney Gazette, and New South Wales Advertiser, 6 November 1823.] Original poetry. (By Australasianus). The Slave. In Barbadoes’ scorch’d isle, on the verge of the main, Sable Zimeo’s form was reclin’d; He wept his dark destiny, gaz’d on his chain, And mingled his sighs with […]

Australasia [poem by William Charles Wentworth, 25 March 1824]

[Editor: This poem was written by William Charles Wentworth in 1823, when he was at Cambridge University, England. Published in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 25 March 1824. Twenty explanatory footnotes were provided with the poem. As the text contains various words, phrases, and allusions that may be unfamiliar to a number […]

[Convicts made to attend church by law] [6 November 1823]

[Editor: An extract from the news section of The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser (6 November 1823), regarding the rule in New South Wales that all convicts were to attend church services every Sunday.] [Convicts made to attend church by law] In consequence of the fact being too notorious any longer to remain […]