A Christmas Welcome [poem, 21 December 1878]

[Editor: A poem published in The Australian Town and Country Journal, 21 December 1878.] A Christmas Welcome. Though I come not with ivy and holly, And the snows of the fierce northern yule, Nor the jovial frolicsome folly, Of the Abbot and Lord of misrule! — Yet my sons of Old England remember To welcome […]

Lecture on the Chinese question [17 December 1878]

[Editor: A report on a lecture given by the Rev. Joseph Coles Kirby. Published in the Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate, 17 December 1878.] Lecture on the Chinese question. Last evening the Rev. J. C. Kirby delivered, at the Protestant Hall, King-street, a lecture to a very attentive and respectable audience, on the above […]

The Cameron letter [by Ned Kelly, 1878]

[Editor: This was a letter composed by Ned Kelly in 1878 and sent to Donald Cameron (a Victorian politician).] [Background information: On 9 December 1878, the Kelly Gang took over Younghusband’s station property at Faithfull’s Creek near Euroa. Twenty-two people at the sheep-station were rounded up and locked in a storeroom while the Gang’s horses […]

Fatal Encounter with Bushrangers in Victoria [re. Ned Kelly, 31 October 1878]

[Editor: A report on the shooting of police at Stringybark Creek by Ned Kelly and his gang.] Fatal Encounter with Bushrangers in Victoria. (By telegraph to Evening News.) Melbourne Monday. A terrible encounter — almost without parallel in Victoria — has taken place at Mansfield between the police and four bushrangers. The particulars to hand […]

Desperate Affray at Benalla [re. Ned Kelly, 23 April 1878]

[Editor: A report on the shooting of Constable Alexander Fitzpatrick by Ned Kelly.] Desperate Affray at Benalla. — The police authorities at Sandhurst are stated by the Bendigo Advertiser of Wednesday last to have received a telegram the previous night from Benalla, advising them of a desperate encounter which had occurred at a place called […]