The Violet, an Acrostic [poem, 20 October 1826]

[Editor: An acrostic poem, which vertically spells out “Van Diemen’s Land”. Published in the Colonial Times and Tasmanian Advertiser, 20 October 1826.] The Violet, an Acrostic. V eiled in obscurity the violet (sweet A nd modest flower) shuns meridian heat N ear to the earth it hides its lovely head, D rooping while round its […]

Australian Hymn [song by the Rev. John Dunmore Lang, 1826 (republished 1835)]

[Editor: Written by John Dunmore Lang, this was published in the The Colonist (4 June 1835). Previously published in Lang’s book, Aurora Australis; or Specimens of Sacred Poetry, for the Colonists of Australia (1826) under the title “Australian Hymn: For the Native Youth of the Colony”.] Hymn, for the Native Youth of the Colony. [From […]

[Anniversary Day 1826] [2 February 1826]

[Editor: An extract from the news section of The Australian (2 February 1826), mentioning the celebration of the founding of New South Wales.] [Anniversary Day 1826] Upwards of ninety gentlemen dined together last Thursday, that being the anniversary day of the first landing and founding of the Colony. At noon of the same day thirty-eight […]