Tasmania as a penal settlement [chapter 40 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 40 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 31 March 1935.] The story of Australia — XL Tasmania as a penal settlement Governor Arthur was recalled in 1836, and Sir John Franklin, the great Arctic explorer, succeeded him. He had already seen service in Australia, […]

Settlement of Tasmania: Early bushrangers: Hostile Blacks [chapter 39 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 39 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 24 March 1935.] The story of Australia — XXXIX Settlement of Tasmania Early bushrangers: Hostile Blacks Colonel David Collins, the first Governor of Tasmania, died suddenly in 1810, and three years elapsed before his successor, Colonel Thomas […]

The innocent convict [9 March 1865]

The innocent convict. (From Diaries of a Lady of Quality: by A. Hayward, Q.C.) November 18th, 1803.— “We left Buxton in the midst of a deep snow, and after a very cold and wretched journey arrived at Elton [Elton Hall, Oundle : the seat of the Earl of Carysfort] the next day. During the time […]

Young Henry the Poacher [song, 1800s]

[Editor: A song, “Young Henry the Poacher”, also known as “Henry’s Downfall”, which was originally printed as a broadside ballad.] Young Henry the Poacher Come all you wild and wicked youths wherever you may be, I pray you give attention and listen unto me, The fate of us poor transports as you shall understand, The […]

Domestic intelligence [3 February 1827]

[Editor: Some extracts from the Australian news section of the The Monitor, 3 February 1827.] Domestic intelligence It is discovered that greasy wool will attract and destroy weevils in wheat — where this destructive insect therefore, is suspected to engender, it is proper to place sheep-skins, or newly-shorn wool beside the grain. Byron the Constable […]