The News Letter of Australasia; or Narrative of Events: A Letter to Send to Friends. April 1858.

The News Letter of Australasia; or Narrative of Events: A Letter to Send to Friends. April 1858.

Melbourne: John P. Brown, 1858. A single cover sheet together with a four page news letter, the cover decorated with large engraving titled "Gold Diggers' Puddling Machine", showing gold diggers working with two of the horse drawn machines. Text below explains the process of gold washing, or puddling: "Our sketch illustrates the Gold-washing process, commonly known as Puddling. The machine, if such a simple arrangement can be so called, consists of a large circular, or rather annular trough, in which are two or more heavily loaded harrows. These are dragged round by a beam to which a horse is harnessed. The washing stuff is thrown into the trough, and then worked up with water into a state of coarse pulp. It is then removed to the long tom or other apparatus to be washed, by being thoroughly agitated with water until the clay has been washed away, and the gold left with the other heavy substances at the bottom. The deposit is then removed for final washing." Number XXII April 1858. On cream color tissue paper, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2".

[With] Four page news letter, with the following note under the section pertaining to Western Australia: "From this dull colony we have no news except the arrival of a bishop and a schoolmaster, and the discovery (?) of gold". This refers the founder of the Hale School, the first bishop of Western Australia, Mathew Blagden Hale (1811 - 1895), who founded his Collegiate School in June 1858. Hale was founded on the model of the Collegiate School of St. Peter in Adelaide; it was known as the 'Bishop's School' and struggled, according to Hale because "[T]here is no such thing as convincing people that education pays. Making their sons messengers on a sheep station pays, and that settles the question". (A. De Q. Robin, Australian Dictionary of Biography). Today, Hale School is the oldest private boys' school in Western Australia, while sheep stations have to deal with the competition with synthetic fabrics. Slightly toned at bottom edge of the four page newsletter; not affecting text. Very good condition. Item #19596

Price: $1,250.00

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