Black Thursday [article about the 1851 bushfires, 17 January 1857]

[Editor: This article about the 1851 “Black Thursday” bushfires was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 17 January 1857.] Black Thursday. Probably one of the most terrible days of which there is any record in Australian annals was Thursday, the 6th of February, 1851, commonly known as Black Thursday. But a small proportion of our present […]

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 […]