Part I Chapter V [The Australian Crisis, by C.H. Kirmess, 1909]

[Editor: This is a chapter from the novel The Australian Crisis by C.H. Kirmess.] Chapter V Australia’s reply The flutter of excitement into which the Commonwealth had been thrown by the cablegrams from Thursday Island relating to the Changsha discovery, died quickly away for want of nourishment. Thomas Burt and his friend were on the […]

Part I Chapter II [The Australian Crisis, by C.H. Kirmess, 1909]

[Editor: This is a chapter from the novel The Australian Crisis by C.H. Kirmess.] Chapter II An unadvertised immigration policy For several years preceding 1912 constant reports of famine in Japan had reached Europe. Travellers had vouchsafed for their accuracy, and much money had been collected abroad, especially among the sympathetic British. The Government of […]

Stray thoughts on regulars and volunteers [29 September 1860]

[Editor: An opinion on regular army soldiers and volunteer militia soldiers. Published in The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 September 1860.] Stray thoughts on regulars and volunteers. “The summer air is one perpetual strife.” Have you ever watched the conflict of a couple of pugnacious ants? how they strive to tear one another in pieces — […]

Eland’s River [poem by George Essex Evans, 3 August 1901]

[Editor: A poem by George Essex Evans about the Battle of Eland’s River (South Africa) in August 1900. Published in The Argus, 3 August 1901.] Eland’s River. 4th to 16th August, 1900. This engagement has been described by English officers as the most gallant fight of the whole war, and has been specially recommended by […]

Life of a Colonial Quack Doctor [song by Charles Thatcher, 1857]

[Editor: This song by Charles Thatcher was published in Thatcher’s Colonial Songster, 1857.] Life of a Colonial Quack Doctor. New Original Song by Thatcher. Air — “Tatur Can.” I’ll give you my whole history now, Pay attention everyone, And I’ll quickly tell you how The credulous public here are done. A London chemist was my […]