Convict Life in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, Volumes 1-2

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White, 1889 - Australia - 691 pages

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Page 56 - ye rising realms record Time's opening scenes, and Truth's unerring word. — There shall broad streets their stately walls extend, The circus widen, and the crescent bend ; There ray'd from cities o'er the cultured land, Shall bright canals, and solid roads expand.— There the proud arch, Colossus-like, bestride Yon glittering streams, and bound the chasing tide ; Embellished villas crown the landscape scene, Farms wave with gold, and orchards blush between.
Page 32 - February, 1807, he issued the following general order:— " His Excellency the Governor laments to find by his late visit through the Colony that the most calamitous evils have been produced by persons bartering, or paying, spirits for grain of all kinds, and the necessaries of life in general, and to labourers for their hire ; such proceedings depressing the industrious and depriving the settlers of their comforts. In order, therefore, to remedy these grievous complaints, and to relieve the inhabitants,...
Page 18 - From distant climes o'er wide-spread seas we come, Though not with much eclat or beat of drum, True patriots all; for, be it understood, We left our country for our country's good; No private views disgrac'd our generous zeal, What urg'd our travels was our country's weal; And none will doubt but that our emigration Has prov'd most useful to the British nation.
Page 65 - Sydney ; agriculture in a yet languishing state ; commerce in its early dawn ; revenue unknown ; threatened with famine ; distracted by faction ; the public buildings in a state of dilapidation and mouldering to decay ; the few roads and bridges formerly constructed rendered almost impassable ; the population in general depressed by poverty ; no public credit, nor private confidence ; the morals of the great mass of the population in the lowest state of debasement, and religious worship almost totally...
Page 66 - January, 1810. I left it in February last, reaping incalculable advantages from my extensive and important discoveries in all directions, including the supposed insurmountable barrier called the Blue Mountains, to the westward of which are situated the fertile plains of Bathurst; and, in all respects, enjoying a state of private comfort and public prosperity, which I trust will at least equal the expectation of His Majesty's Government.
Page 253 - ... road-parties of the colony, it would appear that those establishments were like bee-hives, the inhabitants busily pouring in and out, but with this difference, the one works by day, the other by night; the one goes forth to industry, the other to plunder. To the carelessness or worse conduct of overseers...
Page 43 - This cove is about half a mile in length and a quarter of a mile across at the entrance. In honour of Lord Sydney, the Governor distinguished it by the name of
Page 18 - Has proved most useful to the British nation. But you inquire, What could our breasts inflame, With this new passion for theatric fame ; What, in the practice of our former days, Could shape our talents to exhibit plays ? Your patience, sirs, some observations made, You'll grant us equal to the scenic trade. He who to midnight ladders is no stranger, You'll own will make an admirable Ranger.
Page 160 - ... kind of skilled labour is very scarce in New South Wales, a convict, who has been a blacksmith, carpenter, mason, cooper, wheelwright, or gardener, is a most valuable servant, worth three or four ordinary convicts ; he is eagerly sought after, and great interest is made to obtain him. As a mechanic can scarcely be compelled by punishment to exert his skill, it is for the interest of the master to conciliate his convict mechanic in order to induce him to work well...
Page 415 - ... year, at twelve and sixpence per week ; for a man who gets the cat is incapable of work till his back is well ; so, in prudence, as well as in Christian charity, it is best to treat our fellow-creatures like men, although they be degraded to the state of convict slaves.

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