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THE LABOUR MARKET. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
THE LABOUR MARKET. There is still the same demand for skilled labour in nearly every trade that has been noticed for many niunths past. In the country labour is becoming very Rcarce for farming work, and there is a prospect of a very difficult harvest time for the fanners. The difficulty in supplying the demand for domestic servants is becoming greater every day. Country orders are now coming in very heavy, but the supply is more scarce than ever. The demand for labour is beginning to have the usual effect iu mining as well as other branches of industry. At Stnwell the miners are paid' at the rate of £2 10s. per -week, nnd of late they struck for a reduction of the day's labour from eight hours to six hours. The following are the rates of wages paid : — Domestic Servants. — For Town — Housemaids, £26 to £36 per annum ; female cooks receive from £35 to £52 per annum, male do. 208. to 70s. per week ; nursemaids, £25 to £30 per annum ; laundresses, £30 to £40 per annum. For Hotels— Coo...
ANOTHER SOUTH SEA MASSACRE. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
ANOTHER SOUTH SEA MASSACRE. A telegraphic despatch AA*as received from Sydney on Novemlicr 14, tlnia reporting a frightful massacre in the South Seas : — ' Tho Avar schooner Kenard, Avhieh lias arrived liere. brings John Collins, the sole survivor of the crew of tho barque Plato, bound from Newcastle to Hong Kong, and wrecked near New Cale donia last May. The crew reached the Solomon Islands in a lioftt, and Avere all massacred by the natiA'es except Collins and the mate, who killed himself rather than fall into the hands of the savages. Collins, avIio avus badly wounded, was allowed to vlie.' A shark Avas caiight the other day, at tho railway wharf, Geelong, over 12ft. in length. A nugcjkt weighing 134oz.. and another Aveigiiing 2doz., have ' been found at Bushman's Diggings, New South Wales. Very favourable ne\ys has been received from the newly, discovered Palmer Digging, North Queensland. About COO men . were on the ground, and the usual earnings Avero about £1 per ? man per day...
AUSTRALASIAN STATESMEN.—No. THE CHIEF JUSTICESHIP OF NEW SOUTH WALES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
AUSTRALASIAN S T A T E*S M E N.-^-No; -M. , THE CHIEF JUSTICESHIP OF NEW ' ? ' ? St-TJTH WALES. The Sydney correspondent of T7ie Argus, writing on November 12, gives the following account of the difficulty that arose between Mr. Parkes and Mr. Butler, the Premier and the Attorney-General, relative to the ap pointment o£ Sir James Martin to the post of Chief Justice, vacated by the re tirement of Sir Alfred Stephen :—' The appointment of Chief Justice has been definitely settled. The office was offered to Sir James Martin, and by him on the same day accepted. But so far from this quieting the. political atmosphere, it has been the means of brewing a fresh storm. «Mr. Butler, the Attorney-General, has resigned his office, and last evening moved the adjournment of the Assembly for the purpose of explaining the reasons which had actuated him in tak ing this step. The chief justice, Sir Alfred Stephen, created an embarrassment to the Cabinet by announcing his resignation so much in advan...
Theatres. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
illflliff llP^^sfe?^! iiilByt It is curious, but not without its significance, that at two of the Melbourne theatres, namely, the Theatre Royal and the Princess's, the principal source of attraction, at the beginning of the month, was athletics. The eagerness with which performances m which ^strength and dexterity of limb are the chief features have always been,, received in Melbourne has a certain value in indicating the bent of prevailing tastes in this colony. For veiy steadily, of late years, all those pursuits to 'which the common term of ' manly' is generally applied have been taking a very firm hold of the people. The indication is hopeful, in a certain sense, that it argues, at least, physicjil improvement in those who give their attention to such pursuits. It is not a part of dramatic criticism to dwell upon the reasons which explain why acrobatisru is popxilar and fashionable, but that it is so jjojmlar must, as a matter of fact, be recorded. No doubt one reason why the ac...
THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO SANDHURST. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
THE GOVERNOR'S VISIT TO SANDHURST. The first visit of His Excellency the Governor to Sandhurst took place on November 4, and was the occasion of great rejoicing in the city. Extensive preparations had been made to do him honour and to show oil' the most important gold-field of the colony to the best advantage. From a variety of reasons His Excellency had been hitherto prevented from coming -to Sand hurst. The invitation upon the present occasion proceeded jointly from the mayor of Sandhurst (Mr. D. M'Dougall) and from the mayor of Eaglehawk. From an early hour of the morning the streets were thronged with people in holiday attire. Flags were gaily flying from the principal buildings, and even the streets of the city for once were free from the accustomed plague of dustv A special train left Spencer-street station at a Quarter to 10 o'clock, with the Vice-regal and Ministerial parties. His Excellency the Governor was accompanied by Lady Bowen, Sir Hercules Robinson, Governor of New S...
CHRONICLE OF THE MONTH. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
Since our last issue the session of 1873 has arrived at its end, and with it probably the labours of the existing Parliament, for unless something very extraordinary occurs to disttirb the even tenour of our affairs, it is not at all likely that hon. members will be again called from their retirement to advise their Sovereign in connexion with Victorian affairs. Considering the programme announced by His Excellency in his opening speech, the past session has been singularly barren in results. The Ministry failed to produce, two very important measures which were pro mised at the outset, namely, 'a bill to consolidate and amend the Local Government Acts,' and ' a bill to amend the Civil Sei'vice Act,' while several measures of primary importance — to wit, the 'bill to amend the Constitution Act,' designed to obviate conflicts between the two brandies of the Legislature, the ' bill to simplify legal procedure, and to provide for the fusion of law and equity,' and the 'bill to provide ...
SPORTING. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
The Spring Meeting of the Victoria Racing Club was held on Saturday, the 1st of November, and the following Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The weather on the whole was: favourable, but it was not summor weather. On the first day, indeed, there were showers of rain and a cold southerly swind. The Cup Day was fine and cool ; on tho Derby Day there was a very large attendance, although many persons probably did not go as no notice of the meeting appeared in the daily papers, owing to 'a' difference between the club and the press, the latter considering itself slighted in the abrupt withdrawal of the usual compli mentary tickets. The new grand stand was first used on the Derby Day, and a very convenient stand it was found, capable of ; accommodating about 3,500 spectators. The lawn, Vas. usual, was a great feature of the day, and the,; ?dresses of the ladies were both magnificent and expensive. Dagworth appropriated the first race easily Jenough; the Melbourne Stakes, and Imperial won ...
MURDER NEAR GUNDAGAI. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
MURDER NEAR GUNDAGAI. Ox October 24, nn inquest was held at Gundngai on'the body of Richard Fitzmnurirc, who, it wns aliened, had been shot by a shepherd named Collun. After the. arrest of the prisoner he lnmie a statuineiit to the 'effect that Fifznmurireciimo to liis.liut; one night, nnd naked lor a horse. Collun refused to grant, his request. Fitzmauricu said he would havo one, and thereupon struck Collnn'swifo with a tomahawk. Collun said ifiio'did1 not go away ho would shoot him. Deceased refused to go, and ? prisoner then fired. After this the ptisoner went to tho over neer'H place, about a mile away, and brought him to his house, ; outside of which the deceased was lying. Fitssrnaurice5 wa« ? ? carried into the hut and laid on a bed, but died on the following day, The prisoner wub committed for trial at tho Waggiv assizes.
MUSIC. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
IliSIHlill! Virr;iii!:\i|;t!^li'm!il-ll!illt'lllll!!l!!!J'!iilll( lllll I'lR-^'* '' — I There is always plenty of music in Melbourne. . The demand comes from an omnivorous appetite, and the supply is so varied that no one need go away unsatisfied if he knows where to look for that which pleases him best. We have recently had the highest illustrations of instrumental solo playing from the hands of Madame Arabella Goddard and Mademoiselle Jenny Claus, on the pianoforte and violin respectively, and these great artists having left us, there have been the. oratorio, the Italian opera, the performance , of 'symphony' by the Amateur Orchestral Society, the; prgan performances of Mr. Summers /at' the Town-hall,' the: open-air rimsic by the ; recently ; re-organised Head-quarters Band j the meetings;?^ the A']V^ %- Metropolitan' Liedertafel societies, and after these, which belong to music as an art, there are all varieties of nigger minstrel and 'music-hall' performances, widening out until...
THE HON. HENRY PARKES. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
THE HON. HENRY PARKES. The present Chief Secretary and Premier of New South Wales', is the youngest son of Thomas Parkes and Martha Fulcon bridge; arid was born on the 27th May, 1815, at Canley, a picturesque old farm-house on the estate of Lord Leigh, in the parish of - Stone leigh, Warwickshire. . He is, therefore, 58 years old. His parents at the time of his birth were in a position of comfort. The Canley farm-house had been the home of his father's fathers for several generations, and his mother belonged to a family, long resident in the county. He had, however, a very fleeting experience of prosperity. His boyhood, saving some half-dozen . of his earliest years, was spent in a fierce and well-fought battle: with adversity. He was scarcely eight years old when misfortune fell upon the comfortable Warwickshire household, driving the . stout old farmer of Canley away from his home. The family removed to South Wales, and settled in Glamorganshire, upon a farm near the sea coast, wh...
THE PRINCE OF WALES' BIRTHDAY. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
THE PRINCE OF WALES' BIRTHDAY. Monday, November 10, was observed as a public holiday in celebration of the birthday of the Prince of Wales. Though November 0 is not a statutory holiday, yet it has for. some years been invariably honoured in this manner, or when, as lias been the cuse this year, it happens to fall on a Sunday, the following duy is sec apart for commemorating the birth «-f the1 heir to the, British Crown. The public offices, banks, ware houses, and several of the shops in the chief streets of Mel bourne were closed, Imt the weather was such as to militate against much festivity out of doors. Notwithstanding, how ever, the showers of rain which fell at intervals during the' day, nnd the circumstance of its coming so soon after whhtv mny be called our carnival week, the holiday was on tlie whole. ? well kept, and added something not inconsiderable to the sum of human happiness. At the Oddfellows' fBte, in the Friendly Societies' Gardens! there was a fair attendance, but...
BOTANICAL EXCURSIONS IN TASMANIA. No. V. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
BOTANICAL EXCURSIONS IN TASMANIA. No. V. The other morning I strolled along a favourite walk, which,, for cleanliness at all seasons and in all weathers, and the beauty of the scenery which it opens up, is unrivalled in Tasmania — I mean the Huon-road, which commences at the termination of Davey-strect, and is a gradual ascent until the Fern-tree Bower is reached, the valley of the Waterworks being on one side, and that of the Cascades and M'Robie's Gully on the other. Wherever the eye wanders it must rest on dense masses of the native Epacris — pink, crimson, and white — and when the sun shines on them the bush is fairly ablaze with colour. Flowers, it is true, are not to be had abundantly at this season, but there are ferns and mosses, lichens and fungi, galore ; and, as for grass, it beautifies every place, deserving richly the high encomiums which a genial writer bestows on it : — ' How joyfully,' says he, 'it laughs in the radiance of the sun. It climbs up the steep mountain pa...
PANIC IN THE VICTORIA THEATRE, SYDNEY. [Newspaper Article] — The Australasian Sketcher with Pen and Pencil — 29 November 1873
PANIC IN THE VICTORIA THEATRE, SYDNEY. While the play of 'Hamlet' was being performed at the Victoria Theatre, Sydney, on the night of November 1, an ex plosion took place, and a panic amongst the audience imme diately followed. The explosion was succeeded by total darkness. Screams were heard throughout the house, and a rush set in towards the doors. The crowd below was surging wildly, while in the dress circle shawls, opera glasses, bonnets and hats were abandoned, and as many as could leaped or fell down the stairs. Above the noise of all could be heard the voice of Mr. B. N. Jones, the stage manager of the theatre, who soon after the explosion came out on the stage with a paper in his hand, shouting that it was all right. Some heard him and commenced applauding but the light he held in his hand re- vealed such a gloomy, smoky, fearful picture, that even his assurances did not effectually quiet the fears of the people. The footlights were then lighted, and Mr. Jones explained tha...