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EXPLOSION OF A LOCOMOTIVE. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
EXPLOSION OF A LOCOMOTIVE. A vert serious accident occurred on August 20 on the Govern^ mentlineof railway about a mile and a half, from Geelong, as the goods train for Ballarat, leaving'at 11 o'clock, was passing under - the bridge leading, to Kildare. The engine, with several trucks.' had passed, when a terrific explosion was heard, and volumes of smoke or steam were observed tq ascend from the engine, alarming the neighbourhoood. The explosion was witnessed from town, and soon a large concourse of people had assembled. It was found when- the steam' bad cleared away that ,the engine had been pitched over on its side, and partially buried in the ground ; : the tender was thrown across ,the* rails, ;and, its .wheels embedded in the ballast-metal, one of the ?wheels of the engine being driven into the side. The boiler had burst, one of .the upper plates, about 4ft. in length by 2ft. in width, having been torn away, : not by the giving way of the heads of the bolts, for the edges of t...
THE WAIRAU GORGE, NELSON, NEW ZEALAND. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
THE* ^IRAU GORGE, NELSO^;NEW^A^AND. Tni .pencil of the'artist to ? whom we \are. iiidebted ;for.-'.the spirited representation of the Wairau Gorge' which 'embellishes the present number of The Australasian Sketchci'pTomwe^ tpv familiarise the inhabitants of Australia with' some: of the ; grandest scenery in the world. Among .the : Andes arid the Himalayas thoro are ravines which ; are' inoro: colossal in their proportions, and more v appalling in: the contrast ' which they suggest between the sublime ^magnitude of nature and the insignificent minuteness of man— between the tremendous forces which! have heaved up these imposing masses of granite or lime stone 'and the feebleness of the wayfarer who painfully clambers up- tojthe edge of their eternal snows j but in neither of those colebrjited ranges would it be possible to find a scene fullor. of grandeur and' loveliness than this romantic gorge. 'As tho tourist, on his way overland from the beautiful little city of Nelson to tho pla...
DOUBLE MURDER NEAR FORBES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
DOUBLE MURDER NEAR FORBES. The Forbes correspondent of the Sydney . Evening 2few3, writing on the 11th. August, says : — 'A most diabolical murder of two persons has taken place within the last few hours, at a spot known as Mickey's Plain, a few miles from here. The victims are a man named Howell and a lad named Pullbrook. The two left Forbes on Thursday with stores on a bullock dray, and were followed yesterday by Mrs. Howell, the mother of the murdered man. The poor woman first passed' by the team thinking ' it was not hers, but not finding any other tracks, returned, and on making examination found that both of those who had left town a few hours previously had been .brutally murdered, apparently while sleeping. The grief-stricken mother at once came back to Forbes and informed the police: Sub inspector Stevenson and his party were in a short time in the saddle, and off to the scene of the murder. The body of the man was beneath the dray, and the neck and face were fearfully cut ...
CHRONICLE OF THE MONTH [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
The new Electoral Bill passed safely through the ordeal of committee with but feAV alterations. Mr. Higinbotham moved an amendment, which would have had the effect of admitting .women to the franchise on the same terms as men, bub it found no favour either with the House or with the country. The measure being submitted to the Upper House, was laid aside on the motion of Mr. O'Shanassy, pro posed as an amendment on that for its second reading. The' reason urged for the adoption of this course was, that tho proposed amendments of the existing law were not necessary or in themselves desirable. The rejection of the bill ?brought before the Government the question what-' was to bo done next. After talcing time to consider the matter, tho Chief Secretary announced that, asthe form in which tho bill was dealt with would allow of its again being introduced, that step would bo taken, and it would bo reinstated on tho notico-papor of tho Council, so that the Council might either alter it into...
SOCIALITIES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
(SOCIALITIES. The moonh'ght concerts of last year will be pleasantly reinembered by many, and will, I .trust; become matters of course in the future. Our Botanical-gardens, like fair Melrpse, are' best seen by thepale moonlight, arid, if pos sible, in the company of a'pretty girl with a turn for poetry and an, affectionate disposition. .? As you saunter along those broad gravel paths With a soft and dainty little hand nestling on your arin, arid a face a few inches' below. your-own gazing' wistfully at the 'orbed maiden' whose 'white fire' leaves her; cheeks as cblburless as the blossom of (a ' lily, It is very pleasarit to get into one of the thick patches of black thrown . ' by the'dense foliage of the pine and cypress, and pause for a while tp: listen ' to thb nausic in the distance; and observe the groups 'passing before you. The moori glimmers and glints frotri the surface of the lake with as much effect as if it were the most ornamental piece of .water' in the. world ; the' sr...
SPORTING [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
The racing season was opened at Hawkesbury, which is-, situate about 30 miles from Sydney, on' the 13th and. 14th August. A good many visitors from this side were present, and considerable interest attached to the running, as it throws a light on future events at Raridwick arid Flemington. The chief races were the .Guineas, a mile; race for three year olds, similar to the 'Two Thousand ' in the old country ; the Grand Handicap, and the Turf Club Handicap. The ; Guineas was booked as a certainty for Mr. Tait's. filly Rose d'Airiouf, but there is many a slip between the cup and the lip, for the filly went wrong and did not jstart, -a .son of * Yattendpn,^ Sterlings Droving, the winner— -Mr. Tait J running third with the ; Sylvia colt/ and Speculation, ,,a ^ Handicap- was-' wbri; very easily by: Dagworth, who won it last year also. This time he got in very- well with.; 8st; 101b., and easily defeated M'Callum Mohr, a very well-shaped game son of New Warrior, but who, with only 7st. up,...
SIR JAMES FERGUSSON. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
SIR JAMES FERGUSSON: A correspondent, Mr. John Hart, writes to us relative to the notice iii our last issue of the public career of Sir James Fergus son, pointing out that the activity of his military service was not done justice to. He reminds us that 'the young baronet joined the Grenadier Guards, proceeded to the Crimea with his regiment, climbed the heights of Alma, carried off the field of battle Colonel ?Blair, M.P. for Ayrshire, who was mortally wounded. Ho was sub sequently attached to the staff of Sir Colin Campbell throughout the campaign, was wounded at his post, was elected member for Ayrshire while yet engaged fighting his country's battlos, and sent homo on sick leave, broken down in health, through his arduous duties in attendance on his old iron general.'
THE AMERICAN BUTTERFLY VISITOR. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
THE AMERICAN BUTTERFLY 'VISITOR. Mb. A.' D. Willis, of Wanganui, New Zealand, sends us the * following paragraph from the Wanganui Evening Herald' of July 26, relative to the appearance there of the American Vbiitterfly, of which we - lately gave a .notice and an engraving: — 'The American butterfly referred to at length in the last number of The Australasian Sketchev has at last found its way to Wanganui, a capital specimen being caught by a daughter of Mr. James M'Elwain, residing in Bell-street. The beautiful insect is how on view, at Mr. A. D. Willis's, Victoria Avenue ; The Australasian Skelclier, containing a well executed cut of the stranger as seen in Melbourne,' being shown with it. It can thus be seen that the butterfly caught here, classed as the Danais Archippus, resembles in the most minute respect the one copied on paper in Melbourne, and is, fre behove, the first found in. the North Island.' ?_
A LADY'S LETTER HOME. SEPTEMBER. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
A LADY'S LETTER HOME. September. Our chief sensation here during the past few weeks has been the fancy dress ball, given in the Town-hall on the 27th August, by the Mayor and Mrs. O'Grady. Our mayoral entertainments of the last year or two have been of a rather ' heavy' sort, so ' that the mere rumour that the sameness pi civic- feasts was shortly to be broken by the longed-for change of a fancy dress ball made a pleasant stir among us, even before a single invita: tion had been received. Men yet too young to feel tho charm of solid banquets suddenly heard the voice of duty urging them to call a hansom and leave a card at the Town-hall. Girls, whose disdain of being 'put off' by permits to' view from a ladies' gallery the dinings of other people had made them heedless of the favour of mayoresses, now induced their mothers to take them to Mrs. O'Grady's reception without loss of time. Then, wh en the invitations were really but, a shower of costume plates at once showed themselves in...
Sketches with Pencil THE MELBOURNE CATTLE YARDS. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
THE MELBOURNE CATTLE YARDS. The weekly sales of cattle and' sheep that take place at our city sale yards, besides being commercially important, are highly picturesque in their surroundings, and even a little amusing. Happening twoor three miles from the centre of Melbourne, and early in the day, they are seldom witnessed except by persons aving business reasons for attending them'; but they are, never theless, well-worth a visit from all who take a pleasure in studying human nature under iinusual aspects. A few words about: the locus in quo, and then we shall say something by way of description of the habituds of the sale yards. On a gentle acclivity, tbjthe west of the township of Flemington, and not far from the Racecourse, are erected a great many enclosures for cattle and sheep, securely fenced in by strong post-* and-rail fences, 7ft or Sf t. high. Safe access to these is provided by means of lanes, through which each peri can readily be approached, and there are raised galleri...
THE LOSS OF THE RANGITOTO. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
THE LOSS OF THE RANGITOTO. The steamship Rangitoto, one of the finest vessels of the intercolonial lleet of Messrs. M'Meckdn, Blackwooa, and Co., ran ashore in Cook's Straits, New Zealand, on July 30, and became a total wreck.' The steamer left Nelson at about 1 o'clock, in fine weather, and went though French Pass about 4 o'clock. The, master, Captain Mackie, then thinking the ship was past all danger, went to his cabin, leaving the' chief officer in charge of the deck. At 6 o'clock it was dark but clear, the land being partly veiled by a slight haze. Just on rounding Jackson's Head the vessel was seen to 'be .arnongsfcvrqcks, and before her way could be, stopped she struck very heavily under the starboard fore rigging. Itwos evident-that,- owing to some miscalculation, the vessel had been kept too close in shore. The captain was called, and the vessel proving to bo sinking, ho determined to run her ashore. She was accordingly got out from the rocks, and directed on the shore. Ther...
MASSACRE IN QUEENSLAND. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
MASSACRE IN, QUEENSLAND. .A shocking massacre, by the Queensland1 blacks is reported in the Brisbane Telegraph of July 31 :— ' We are informed by Mr. M'Devitt, M.L;A., that on tho day he left Townsville (Friday, last), a schooner arrived in port bringing the sad intelligence of the murder of a tishing party at Green Island. . A Mr. Mercer and some others had gono to'tlio island from Townsvillo, accom panied by two aboi'iginal blades' and a gin ; and. the captain of the schooner, which, was employed in seeking for boche-de-mer in tho same locality, found tho whites of tho party murdered in their camp, tho deed 'having been oviilontly effected -while they ?wore aBleop. Tho blacks were making off in. a boat belonging to tho party, when thoy were overtakon, but they immediately took to tho wator, and in ado for tho land, whero.thoy would doubtless lie perdu.'
Sketches with Pencil MR. ANTHONY MUSGRAVE, C.M.G., GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
MR. ANTHONY MUSGRAVE, O.M.G., GOVERNOR OF SOUTH AUS TRALIA. ?';?'??. Mb. Anthony Musgravk, the new Governor of South Australia, enters upon his present sphere of duties with an experience of official life derived from upwards of 20 years' service of a most diversified character. He has worked his way up from a subordinate position to the honourable - post he now. occupies, with satisfaction to the Colonial Office, and with honour and advantage to himself. His dcbtit in. public life, was made in the year 1850, when we find him acting as private secretary to the Governor of the Leeward Islands. He was subsequently' appointed to the office of Treasury Accountant in Antigua, where his ability was recognised, and his zeal and activity were rewarded, by promotion to the Colonial Secretaryship. When in 1860 the Government of Nevis, one of the smallest of the West India islands, fell vacant, it was bestowed upon Mr. Mus grave, and in the year following he was transferred to the island of St...
The Theatres [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
' Cyril's Success ' had a run of 13 nights, but its run had very nearly ended ,'at the fifth night, for on that night Mrs. Wooldridge^ who played the part of Miss Grarinett so well, was taken suddenly ill on. the stage, and it seemed almost as if the piece would have to be withdrawn. But Miss Shepparde expressed herself willing to play the part, 'and accordingly, on' the night following .Mrs. Wo'oldridge's seizure, she did play it, and succeeded beyond-thesanguine expectations even of her warmest friends. - Nothing could be more complete than the difference between Mrs. Singleton Bliss and Miss Grannett, and yet Miss Shepparde showed that she was quite as rnuch at home in the character of an acid old maid as that of. an elegant and fascinating widow. Her success, indeed, may be considered as something in the nature 'of a triumph. It would have been a success even if she had played the part only respectably, considering that it was quite out of her ordinary range, and that she had to...
MUSIC [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
When a world-ronowried artist, such as Madame Ara bella Goddard, visits Melbourne, it is an- unerring sign that we are already known at the lidad-quarters of musical art in -England ; and this is as rnuch as to say that the- fore- most oxecutivo musicians of the world may choose before long to enlarge their experiences in the same manner, as that courageous and highly-gifted' lady has done recently/ with so much profit to herself and edification to the music lovers in this part of the globe. It is in London that the Highest style of play' is to be 'heard.'. It is there that the' most talented -have the widest-and most profitable field for the display of their natural gifts' or best' acquirements ; and it is in that centre of the musical art-circles that we shall be judged according to our appreciation of the representa tive artist who has favoured us with', her preserico and de lighted us with her skill. ? . , ' The chronicle of the month 'must 'be, principally, 'Goddard.' Time was ...
THE MAYOR'S FANCY DRESS BALL. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
-THE MAYOB'S FANCY JXRESS BALL. The /Fancy TDress Ballgiveri.by.the Mayor of Melboiarne (Mr. O'Grady j came off ' with great ^brilliancy ; on. the night of August 27. The invitations issued numbered about 2,000, arid of these' about 1,600 were accepted. Shortly after half-past 8 o'clock the''. guests commenced to arrive. ;;The, main' entrance : was from, 'Swariston-street. Adequate .arrangements , had yheen made to preyerifr confusion, anil the; carriages as they .drpye up in. rapid succession were able to discharge their precipus-freight without .danger to the ladies or risk of damage to thieir ^elegant toilettes. ' To anyone standing on the top of thesteps at the main entrance to the Town-hall, -? and watching the gay procession as it passed on to'the realms of light beyond, the scene indeed was a'strange arid striking one. , Fancy cast its glamour over all. Figures in fantastic garb flitted, by, \were seen for a, moment, like shadows on-the slide of a magic-lantern; arid disappea...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 6 September 1873
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