Winter practice [genesis of Australian Rules football, 10 July 1858]

[Editor: A letter, from Tom Wills, which is regarded as the impetus for the creation of Australian Rules football. Published in Bell’s Life in Victoria and Sporting Chronicle, 10 July 1858.] Winter practice. To the Editor of Bell’s Life in Victoria. Sir, — Now that cricket has been put aside for some few months to […]

The old soldier and the bushranger [28 August 1858]

[Editor: A story published in The Band of Hope Journal and Australian Home Companion, 28 August 1858.] The old soldier and the bushranger. Up the country was a store, which had been frequently robbed by bushrangers. At length the owner hired an old sergeant to take charge of it, who declared, with many ferocious asseverations, […]

The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks [10 July 1858]

[Editor: A “tongue in cheek” article about a newly-discovered tribe of Aborigines, who were said to have goldfields nearby. Published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858. See the related article, “New race of Aboriginals: Gold discovery”.] The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks. — A very interesting par appears in the […]

New race of Aboriginals: Gold discovery [10 July 1858]

[Editor: An article published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858. See the related light-hearted article, “The Cobra-Bal, or Bald Pated Blacks”.] New race of Aboriginals. — Gold discovery. — Some time since a paragraph appeared in the Empire relative to the discovery, in the far interior, of a new race […]

The Chinese organ [10 July 1858]

[Editor: An article about the passing of a law against Chinese immigration. Published in Bell’s Life in Sydney and Sporting Reviewer, 10 July 1858.] The Chinese organ. — The “Herald” howls about the passage of the Poll-tax on “honest John” like a wolf deprived of her pups. It hugs the delusion, however; that the bill […]