Darlinghurst Prison 1840-1866

The first wings of Darlinghurst Prison were constructed in 1840. On 7th July 1841 the first prisoners were transferred from the old gaol to Darlinghurst Prison.

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The Riots at Lambing Flat 1861

It was in the year 1861 that the events known in the history of New South Wales as the Lambing Flat Riots happened. It was an occurrence which is interesting on account of its being the only time when a large body of men in this colony went into open rebellion against the Government.

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Sports in Australia – The Emu Hunt

IN the absence of more legitimate sport, the emu, the largest of the Australian feathered tribes, forms an object of chase amongst the bushmen of the far interior, and a good run after an emu is by no means uninteresting or uninviting.

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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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Ann Rumsby 1802-1850

The story of Ann Rumsby – All through a convict girl – A leading Navy doctor was censured. Rev. Samuel Marsden was fined, and five members of the Parramatta Bench were dismissed. Indirectly she was also responsible, to a large extent, for radical changes in the system of government. She was the keystone of one of Parramatta’s greatest feasts of scandal and rumour. The happenings caused a sensation throughout the country, and Parramatta, where the scene was laid, was the centre of a maelstrom of indictment and recrimination.

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