William Bland [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Bland, WILLIAM (1789-1868), born in London on 5 November 1789 and educated at Merchant Taylors’ school (his name, however, does not appear in the school register), was trained for the medical profession by his father — himself a specialist in obstetrics — and in […]

Blaxland’s journeys of exploration: Blue Mountains conquered [chapter 12 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton]

[Editor: This is chapter 12 of “The story of Australia” by Martin Hambleton. Published in The Sunday Mail, 2 September 1934.] The story of Australia — XII. Blue Mountains conquered Blaxland’s journeys of exploration It is a remarkable fact that for a period of 25 years the early settlers of New South Wales were confined […]

Wentworth [poem by Mary Hannay Foott, 10 May 1873]

[Editor: A poem by Mary Hannay Black (who later became Mary Hannay Foott). Published in The Australian Town and Country Journal 10 May 1873.] Wentworth ’Tis a new thing for Australia, that the waters to her bear One who seeks not of her riches, or the balm of healing air ; One who seeks not […]

Australasia [poem by William Charles Wentworth, 25 March 1824]

[Editor: This poem was written by William Charles Wentworth in 1823, when he was at Cambridge University, England. Published in The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 25 March 1824. Twenty explanatory footnotes were provided with the poem. As the text contains various words, phrases, and allusions that may be unfamiliar to a number […]