The Landing Place of Captain Cook at Botany Bay as Depicted in 1862

An illustration from 1862 depicting the landing place of Captain Cook at Botany Bay.

Reader Discretion: The following article contains certain descriptions that may be culturally sensitive and may be considered inappropriate today, but may have reflected the author’s attitude or that of the period in which they were written.

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Settling on the Land

Settling on the Land by Henry Lawson published in ‘While the Billy Boils’ (1896)

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Kooroora

Kooroora by Henry Kendall published in ‘The Poems of Henry Kendall’ (1920)

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1867 The Year of the Floods in New South Wales

The year was 1867, the year that the greatest floods of record hit New South Wales. From April reports started to filter in of devastating floods throughout the state. The worst were to occur in June 1867 in the Hunter (Maitland and Newcastle), the Hawkesbury (Penrith, Windsor, Richmond, North Richmond, St Marys, Riverstone, Pitt Town, Cattai, and Sackville), the Blue Mountains (Bathurst), and in the Mudgee Region (Burrandong), which accompanied great loss of property and life. Following are some of the reports given at the time, including first-hand accounts of their bravery and loss.

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