Two Years in New South Wales, Volume 2

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Page 46 - Here thou, great ANNA ! whom three realms obey, Dost sometimes counsel take — and sometimes tea.
Page 208 - ... extraordinary liking, I inquired, and found that Breadman had been a great pig-stealer in his day, which being considered a very vulgar calling among the professional classes (particularly among the towmes), he could get no one to listen to his adventures except this joker, who would laugh with him and quiz him on the particular subjects of his achievements ; praise the wonderful expertness with which he had done the farmers out of their grunters, and propose a partnership concern on reaching...
Page 91 - Convicts of but recent migration are facetiously known by the name of canaries, by reason of the yellow plumage in which they are fledged at the period of landing; but when fairly domiciliated, they are more respectfully spoken of under the loyal designation of government men, the term convict being erased by a sort of general tacit compact from our Botany dictionary as a word too ticklish to be pronounced in these sensitive latitudes.
Page 40 - I'll let you know." To all acquainted with the open manly simplicity of character displayed by this part of our population, its members are the theme of universal praise; and, indeed, what more can be said in their favour than that they are little tainted with the vices so prominent among their parents?
Page 7 - ... bread, and rum. The most disgraceful scenes of debauchery originating from the traffic in the last-mentioned article have subsisted hitherto unrestrained, to which it is hoped our present excellent governor will speedily put an end. Personal prostitution among those associating with the whites is carried on to a great extent, the husbands disposing of the favours of their wives to the convictservants for a slice of bread or a pipe of tobacco. The children produced by this intercourse are generally...
Page 39 - The name is a sufficient passport to esteem with all the well-informed and right-feeling portion of our population; but it is most laughable to see the capers some of our drunken old Sterling madonnas will occasionally cut over their Currency adversaries in a quarrel. It is then, "You saucy baggage, how dare you set up your Currency crest at me? I am Sterling, and that I'll let you know!
Page 9 - All the natives round Sydney understand English well, and speak it too, so as to be understood by residents. The Billingsgate slang they certainly have acquired in perfection, and no white need think of competing with them in abuse or hard swearing, a constant torrent of which flows from their mouths as long as their antagonist remains before them ; it is of no use for him to reply, his words being quickly drowned in the roar of cursings and contemptuous appellations.
Page 286 - Memoirs of Theobald Wolfe Tone. Written by Himself, comprising a complete Journal of his Negotiations to procure the aid of the French for the Liberation of Ireland, with Selections from his Diaries, whilst Agent to the Irish Catholics. Edited by his Son, William Theobald Wolfe Tone.
Page 32 - Cunningham commented70 how is it that the abject animal state in which [aboriginals] live . . . should place them at the very zero of civilization, constituting in a measure the connecting link between man and the monkey tribe? — for really some of the old women only seem to require a tail to complete the identity . . . It was probably a combination of these factors which explains the diminished interest in aboriginal life.