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Sydney Street View 1846 - John Rae (1813-1900)

John Rae (1813-1900), public servant, author, artist and photographer, was born in Aberdeen in 1813. After an early career in the law, he came to Australia in 1839 as secretary and accountant to the North British Australasian Loan and Investment Company. 
In 1843 Rae became the first full-time town clerk of Sydney, a position he held until 1857. From 1853 to 1857 he served as one of the three city commissioners. In 1857 he took up an appointment as secretary to the railway commissioners and went on to become commissioner for railways, 1861-1878, and under-secretary for public works, 1861-1889. He retired from the public service in 1893. 
Rae wrote and published several books including 'The Book of Isaiah, Rendered into English Blank Verse' and 'Gleanings from My Scrapbook', a collection of verse. He also edited and published a biography of railway engineer John Whitton. Rae is best known for writing the letterpress for John Skinner Prout's 'Sydney Illustrated&…
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"Banjo" Paterson Tells His Own Story - Part 4 - An Execution and a Royal Pardon

"BANJO" PATERSON TELLS HIS OWN STORY. — PART 4

AN EXECUTION AND A ROYAL PARDON. Dramas of Yesterday. HOW MORANT SHOT A PADRE.

BY A. B. ("BANJO") PATERSON. Written in 1839.

WE ALL KNOW how Dreyfus was sentenced to life imprisonment on Devil's Island and how he was subsequently restored to citizenship; among other memories of mine is that of the convict Edmund Galley, who was sentenced to death for murder and afterwards pardoned and compensated. As it so happens, I knew Galley fairly well—as well as a young boy could be said to know an old "lifer," and so it may be worth while to relate his story from the Australian end.
I first met him when I was sent out in a spring cart to take his weekly rations. As the old song says:—
"Ten pounds of flour, ten pounds of meat,  some sugar, and some tea Are all they give to a hungry man to last till the seventh day."
Out I would go past the Bullock Hill and up Kuryong Creek, through unfenced country till I saw the ba…

Return of Fines and Fees Received at the Police Office, Sydney, from the 1st of January to the 31st day of March, 1826

RETURN OF FINES AND FEES RECEIVED AT THE POLICE OFFICE, SYDNEY,  FROM THE 1st OF JANUARY, TO THE 31st DAY OF MARCH, 1826.
The Principal Clerk in the Police Department, for Fines, Fees, &c, received from 1st January, to the 31st March, 1826. 1826.

January 6, 1826.
Of Ellen Lindsay for harbouring a prisoner of the crown 5s
Joseph Greenhatch, for ditto £1 William Collins, for ditto £1 John Nightingale, for ditto . £2 Richard Wheeler, for ditto . £6 5s
January 23, 1826.
Hannah Daley, for ditto £1 5s

January 26, 1826.
William Rigby, for bread short of weight, 53 ounce £6 12s 6d
James McCurdy, for ditto, weight 58 oz. £7 5s
February 3, 1826.
Joseph Greenhatch, for harbouring a prisoner of the crown. £5
Richard Piper, for cruelty to a horse £1

February 8, 1826.
John Walton, for harbouring a prisoner of the crown £ 12 10 0

February 11, 1826.
George Greece, fine of 100 dollars, for selling spirits, not licenced £ 25 0 0
March 1, 1826.
Francis Lawless, for allowing tippling on a Sunday £ 1 10 0
March 6, 1826.
Mr…

"Banjo" Paterson Tells His Own Story - Part 3 - A "Reliability" Drive to Melbourne

"BANJO" PATERSON TELLS HIS OWN STORY. — PART 3.

A "RELIABILITY" DRIVE TO MELBOURNE. Epic of Martyrdom. BACK TO THE HIGH HILLS.

BY A. B. ("BANJO") PATERSON. Written in 1939.

A man once went over Niagara Falls in a barrel and when asked why he did it he said: "Well, I was the first to go, anyhow!" This craze for being the first to do anything, even though it may sometimes be silly, has had important results. When Hargrave was experimenting with his box kites he was looked upon as an amiable lunatic, and when the Wright Brothers announced that they had actually flown, few people believed it. I cannot claim that I was ever the first to do anything, but I saw the beginnings of a lot of things — motoring for instance.
I was a passenger with J. M. Arnott in his car on the first reliability trial from Sydney to Melbourne, and "trial" is exactly the right word. All sorts and conditions of cars competed, and as for the drivers — they required to be se…

Historic Painting of Hobart - painted by Mrs A Prinsep in 1829

Attributed to Mrs A. Prinsep because a photograph of this painting, or a similar one, is in JW Beattie's "Historical Photographs relating to Tasmania", 1912 (ML F986/B, p. 19), with caption "Sullivans Cove Hobart Town, 1829. Copied from a sketch by Mrs A. Prinsep, of Calcutta". It is not clear whether this means that the oil photographed is copied from a sketch by Mrs A. Prinsep, or whether the oil is referred to as a sketch and the word copied means photgraphed, as it does in captions to other photographs. Source: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, Pictures Card Catalogue 
View Original:Hobart 1829; Mrs A Prinsep; Courtesy: Dixson Galleries, State Library of New South Wales

Sydney Cove c1835/36 - Conrad Martens (1801–1878)

The son of a German merchant, Conrad Martens (1801-1878) was born in London. After his father died in 1816, Conrad decided that, rather than pursue a mercantile career, he would follow the example of his two bothers and become a painter. He trained as a watercolour artist, studying landscape painting with Copley Fielding, one of the foremost art teachers in London. In the early 1820s he and his mother went to live near Exeter in Devon and for the next ten years he undertook sketching tours in Devon and the neighbouring counties. In 1833 he exhibited with the Royal Society of British Artists in London. In May 1833 Martens joined HMS Hyacinth on a voyage to the East Indies. Two months later, at Rio de Janeiro, he left the ship and journeyed to Montevideo, where he replaced the ailing Augustus Earle as the artist on the surveying vessel HMS Beagle, captained by Robert FitzRoy. He became a good friend of Charles Darwin, the naturalist on the ship. He left the Beagle at Valparaiso in 1834…

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