Land, Labor and Gold: Or, Two Years in Victoria : with Visits to Sydney and Van Diemen's Land, כרך 1

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Ticknor and Fields, 1855
 

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עמוד 160 - Their eyelids are always half closed, to keep the flies out of their eyes, they being so troublesome here, that no fanning will keep them from coming to one's face; and without the assistance of both hands to keep them off, they will creep into one's nostrils, and mouth too, if the lips are not shut very close...
עמוד 17 - The houses are some of them complete, others are just erecting. A balder and more unattractive scene cannot meet the eye of man. Every single tree has been levelled to the ground ; it is one hard bare expanse, bare of all nature's attractions, a wilderness of wooden huts of Lilliputian dimensions ; and everywhere around and amongst them, timber and rubbish, delightfully interspersed with pigs, geese, hens, goats, and dogs innumerable.
עמוד 39 - it is a wonderful place to take the conceit out of men who expect much deference'.15 It was small wonder that in the midst of such excitement Captain Chisholm found great difficulty in enforcing the repayment of the loans made by the society. There are several references to this in the contemporary press, and the Argus in i*Ibid.
עמוד 192 - Indeed, if any one at home asks you whether he shall go to the Australian diggings, advise him first to go and dig a coal-pit; then work a month at a stone-quarry; next sink a well in the wettest place he can find, of at least fifty feet deep; and finally, clear out a space of sixteen feet square of a bog twenty feet deep; and if, after that he still has a fancy for the gold-fields, let him come...
עמוד 403 - The chimneys are extraordinary pieces of architecture; some built of horizontal, some of perpendicular timbers, up to the eaves of the tent, and then tapering away to some height, covered with bark, or sheets of tin which have lined packages. Others, again, are covered with bullock-hides, and some with sheepskins, and not put on in any very orderly style. A considerable number are surmounted by dry casks — American flour-barrels — which make the upper shaft of the chimney. You may generally distinguish...
עמוד 183 - Many of these holes arc filled, or nearly so, with water filtering from the creek. It is black as ink, and has a stench as of a tan-yard, partly from the bark with which they line the sides of their holes. In the midst of all these holes, these heaps of clay and gravel, and this stench, the diggers are working away thick as ants in an ant-hill. You may imagine the labor of all this, and especially of keeping down these subterranean deluges of Stygian water . The course of the creek is lined with...
עמוד 37 - The golden apple of temptation is here continually ejecting the children of Adam and Eve out of their paradises. The mania grows every day. Everybody is calculating what his place would fetch ; and every day purchases are made at more and more exorbitant prices. You know that I expected to see a fine collection of the scum of the earth here, including Sydney and Van Diemen's Land convicts and Californian adventurers ; but I did not, and do not apprehend any danger from them. There is no denying that...
עמוד 14 - I see your native forest of Eucalyptus !" This dream I told to my suns, and to two of our fellow-passengers, at the time ; and on landing, as we walked over the meadows, long before we reached the town, I saw this very wood. " There !" I -exclaimed, " is the very wood of my dream. We shall see my ^brother's house there !" And so we did. It stands exactly AS I saw it ; only looking newer ; but there, over the wall of the garden, is the wood, precisely as I saw it, and now see it, as I sit at the dining-room...
עמוד 178 - On reaching the brow of a hill, we see a broad valley lying below us, and white tents scattered along it for a mile or more. The tents, right and left, glance out of the woods on all sides. In the open valley they stand thick, and there is a long stretch up the centre of the valley, where all the ground has been turned up, and looks like a desert of pale clay. After our long pilgrimage, it seems as if we ought never to come to diggings at all, but that our business were to go on and on.
עמוד 183 - ... thirty feet deep. Out of these the earth has to be drawn up in buckets, and some wind them up with windlasses rudely constructed out of the wood that grows about ; and others haul it up with blocks and pulleys. The diggers generally ascend and descend by a rope fastened to a post above, and by holes for their feet in the side of the pit. ' Many of these holes are filled, or nearly so, with water filtering from the creek. It is black as ink, and has a stench as of a tan-yard, partly from the bark...

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