The Song of the New-Chum [song, 19 September 1885]

[Editor: A song written about newly-arrived immigrants to Australia. Published in The Capricornian, 19 September 1885.] The Song of the New-Chum. Oh the wide rolling downs of Australia The beautiful land of the South, Where the sun shines with brightest effulgence Far away from the home of my youth. Where the silver-green brigalow waveth Its […]

An unkind suggestion [letter to the editor, 17 February 1885]

[Editor: A tongue-in-cheek letter regarding Australia’s military contribution to Great Britain’s war in the Sudan. Published in The South Australian Advertiser, 17 February 1885.] An unkind suggestion. To the Editor. Sir — The burning patriotism of Australia is worthy of all praise, but let us be discreet. While we are paying for immigration why should […]

The Birth of Australia [poem by Percy Russell, 1889]

[Editor: A poem by Percy Russell, an English author. This work has been included in several anthologies of poetry. The earliest known appearance of this verse was in 1885.] The Birth of Australia Not ’mid the thunder of the battle guns, Not on the red field of an Empire’s wrath, Rose to a nation Australasia’s […]

England and Australasia [poem by Percy Russell, 22 April 1885]

[Editor: A poem by Percy Russell, an English author, regarding Australian support for Britain’s war in the Sudan. Published in The Manaro Mercury, 22 April 1885.] England and Australasia. Who said that England stood alone Amid unnumbered foes, Her strength decayed, her fortunes flown, Her glory near its close? While o’er the ocean grandly comes […]

Drought v. Rain [12 February 1885]

[Editor: An article outlining some of the problems faced by country people in times of drought. Published in The South Australian Register, 12 February 1885.] Drought V. Rain. [By Paroo.] We have all seen the gladdening telegrams in the papers day after day for the last fortnight conveying the welcome news of an almost universal […]