Battling the Land: 200 Years of Rural Australia

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Allen & Unwin, 1999 - Australia - 218 pages
A journey of discovery of 200 years of rural life

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1825 to 1850
1890 to 1920
1920 to 1950
1950 to the Present
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Page 4 - Where Sydney Cove her lucid bosom swells, Courts her young navies, and the storm repels; High on a rock amid the troubled air HOPE stood sublime, and...
Page 47 - As well might it be attempted to confine the Arabs of the Desert within a circle, traced upon their sands, as to confine the Graziers or Woolgrowers of New South Wales within any bounds that can possibly be assigned to them...
Page 4 - 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.
Page 71 - Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye; Four and twenty blackbirds Baked in a pie. When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing; Was not that a dainty dish To set before the king! The king was in his counting-house, Counting out his money; The queen was in the parlor, Eating bread and honey.
Page 34 - ... and mighty rivers, and watered abundantly by streams from lofty mountains. This highly interesting region lay before me with all its features new and untouched as they fell from the hand of the Creator...
Page 38 - And give the lips we love unborrowed bread: To see a world, from shadowy forests won, In youthful beauty wedded to the sun ; To skirt our home with harvests widely sown, And call the blooming landscape all our own, Our children's heritage, in prospect long.
Page 35 - From the above account it would appear that a spot has, at length, been found upon the south coast of New Holland, to which the colonist might venture with every prospect of success, and in whose valleys the exile might hope to build for himself and for his family a peaceful and prosperous home.
Page 5 - And northern treasures dance on every tide ! " Then ceas'd the nymph — tumultuous echoes roar, And Joy's loud voice was heard from shore to shore — Her graceful steps descending press'd the plain, And Peace, and Art, and Labour, join'd her train.
Page 17 - ... before he can expect a considerable return ; he has only to set fire to the grass, to prepare his land for the immediate reception of the plough-share ; so that, if he but possess a good team of horses, or oxen, with a set of harness, and a couple of substantial ploughs, he has the main requisites for commencing an agricultural establishment, and for insuring a comfortable subsistence for himself and family.

About the author (1999)

For over 20 years Rob Linn has researched and written the history of rural Australia. Battling the Land is his 18th book. He lives in rural South Australia and his travels as a professional historian have led him to every state and territory, from the remotest cattle station to the prosperous outback ports. On the way he has gathered the personal testimonies which enlivened Battling the Land.

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