Old Melbourne Memories

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Old Melbourne Memories  (1896) 
by Rolf Boldrewood

OLD MELBOURNE
MEMORIES


BY

ROLF BOLDREWOOD

AUTHOR OF
'MY RUN HOME,' 'THE SQUATTER'S DREAM,' 'ROBBERY UNDER ARMS,' ETC.


SECOND EDITION, REVISED


London
MACMILLAN AND CO., Ltd.
NEW YORK: MACMILLAN & CO.
1896


All rights reserved



TO

MY EARLIEST ADMIRER AND MOST INDULGENT CRITIC

My Dearest Mother

FROM WHOM

I DERIVE THE WRITING FACULTY

AND TO WHOM IS CHIEFLY DUE WHATEVER MEED OF PRAISE

MY READERS MAY HEREAFTER VOUCHSAFE



PREFACE


These reminiscences of the early days of Melbourne—a city which, as a family, we helped to found—awakened, when first published in the columns of the Australasian, an amount of general interest most gratifying to the writer.

It is hoped that, in their present more convenient form, they may secure and retain the approbation of the public.

I should feel bound to apologise for the mention of names in full were I not conscious that I have written no line calculated to offend; nor have I, for one moment, failed in sincere goodwill towards every comrade of that joyous time.


CONTENTS
 
CHAPTER I
A.D. 1840 page
1
CHAPTER II
The Far West 10
CHAPTER III
The Death of Violet  23
CHAPTER IV
Dunmore 33
CHAPTER V
Squattlesea Mere 41
CHAPTER VI
The Eumeralla War 51
CHAPTER VII
The Children of the Rocks 63
CHAPTER VIII
The Native Police 74
CHAPTER IX
Kilfera 87
CHAPTER X
Old Port Fairy 98
CHAPTER XI
Portland Bay 106
CHAPTER XII
Grasmere 121
CHAPTER XIII
Superior Fattening County 132
CHAPTER XIV
Burchett of "The Gums" 142
CHAPTER XV
Work and Play 151
CHAPTER XVI
The Romance of a Freehold 160
CHAPTER XVII
Le Chevalier Bayard 170
CHAPTER XVIII
The Christening of Heidelberg 179
CHAPTER XIX
The Woodlands Steeplechase 187
CHAPTER XX
Yering 200
CHAPTER XXI
Tales of a "Traveller" 212
CHAPTER XXII
Yambuk 222

POEMS
 
Ballaarat in 1851 237
The Death of Welford 242
Sunset in the South 244
Balaclava 246
The Bushman's Lullaby 249
Morning 252
Wanted 253
Perdita 255
"Priez pour Elle" 257


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1915, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.