[A rabbit drive] [3 July 1865]

[Editor: This item is an extract from the column “Current topics”, published in The Geelong Advertiser, 3 July 1865.] [A rabbit drive] Mr Austin, of Barwon Park, mentions the extraordinary fecundity of the English wild rabbit in this colony. Six years ago he turned out thirteen; since then their progeny has increased to such an […]

Ben Hall — His early life [16 May 1865]

[Editor: An article about Ben Hall, the bushranger. Published in The Empire, 16 May 1865.] Ben Hall — his early life. In estimating the character of this man, who has obtained such an unenviable notoriety throughout the colonies during the past three years, an insight into his early life may be of some assistance, and […]

The Tower of the Dream: Part 4 [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: This is part 4 of The Tower of the Dream (1865), by Charles Harpur.] Part IV. At last, all suddenly, in the air aloft, O’er the tower a wild, weird, wailful song Woke flying, many-voiced; — then sweeping off Out tow’rds the echoey hills, so passed away In dying murmurs through the hollow dark. […]

The Tower of the Dream: Part 3 [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: This is part 3 of The Tower of the Dream (1865), by Charles Harpur.] Part III. She ceased: and a deep tingling silence fell Instantly round, — silence complete, and yet Instinct as with a breathing sweetness, left By the rare spirit of her voice foregone: Even as the fragrance of a flower were […]

The Tower of the Dream: Part 2 [poem by Charles Harpur]

[Editor: This is part 2 of The Tower of the Dream (1865), by Charles Harpur.] Part II. Within a circular balcony, whose roof Was fluted silver, ledging at the eaves Outward, and resting upon shafts of jet, Whose polished pencils, in a curving row Descending to an ivory balustrade Glistened in contrast with a covert […]