“Black Thursday” [article about the 1851 bushfires, 8 February 1910]

[Editor: This article was published in The Star (Sydney), 8 February 1910.] “Black Thursday.” It was 59 years ago last Sunday since Victoria was overtaken by the calamity of those appalling bush fires that gave to the day on which they occurred the designation of “Black Thursday.” Blair’s “Cyclopaedia of Australia” thus describes that memorable […]

“Black Thursday” [article re. a bushfire in Mittyack, 26 January 1922]

[Editor: This article was published in The Argus (Melbourne), 26 January 1922.] “Black Thursday.” MITTYACK, Saturday. — Thursday was a veritable “Black Thursday” in this district, as fires raged fiercely in all directions, and were carried along with great rapidity by the strong hot wind. Considerable damage was done. Among those who suffered heavy losses […]

Rommel’s comments on Australian soldiers [1941-1942]

Following are some excerpts from The Rommel Papers (1953), which reproduces some letters from Rommel to his wife, in three of which he mentions Australian soldiers. Erwin Rommel was the German field marshal who led the German and Italian forces in North Africa during the Second World War. In a letter dated 25 April 1941 […]

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 […]

First Victory Loan [poem by Beulah Gravestocks, 1944]

[Editor: This poem by Beulah Gravestocks was published in The Laura Standard and Crystal Brook Courier, 14 April 1944. It was written during the Second World War, regarding the First Victory Loan (a government scheme to raise money for the war effort).] First Victory Loan. (By Beulah Gravestocks, Gladstone). We have a land, a lovely […]