An Australian Federation [17 January 1857]

[Editor: A report on a discussion in the Victorian parliament regarding the proposed federation of the Australian colonies. Published in The Argus, 17 January 1857.] An Australian Federation. Although the motion of Mr. Duffy in the Assembly yesterday for a committee on federal union was carried sub silentio, our readers at a distance must not […]

Hints to Candidates [song by Charles Thatcher, 1857]

[Editor: This song by Charles Thatcher was published in Thatcher’s Colonial Songster, 1857.] Hints To Candidates. Thatcher’s celebrated Election Song, as sung by him at the “Shamrock.” Tune — “Bob and Joan.” Candidates draw near, We often have elections; Listen, and you’ll hear, A few first-rate directions. Mind, I require no fees, So grant me […]

Colonial Education [song by Charles Thatcher, 1857]

[Editor: This song by Charles Thatcher was published in Thatcher’s Colonial Songster, 1857.] Colonial Education. New Original Song, written and sung by Thatcher. Tune — “Drops of Brandy.” Oh, what a discussion there’s been, On the subject of State Education; Some people consider it good, And others a great innovation. The National system, it seems, […]

The Unsuccessful Swell [song by Charles Thatcher, 1857]

[Editor: This song by Charles Thatcher was published in Thatcher’s Colonial Songster, 1857.] The Unsuccessful Swell. An Original Song by Chas. R. Thatcher. Tune — “Bow wow, wow.” I’ll sing now of a fine young swell, Who in a ship did sail here; And came and made his fortune, By digging in Australia. At least […]

“It’s All Right” [song by Charles Thatcher, 1857]

[Editor: This song by Charles Thatcher was published in Thatcher’s Colonial Songster, 1857.] “It’s All Right.” New Original Song — Written and Sung by Mr. C. R. Thatcher. Air — “Speaking Automaton.” What curious expressions are going The round of the colony now; And from the slang terms there’s no knowing, The meaning of folks, […]