Australia and its gold fields: A historical sketch of the progress of the Australian colonies, from the earliest times to the present day; with a particular account of the recent gold discoveries, and observations on the present aspect of the land question
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Australia and Its Gold Fields - A Historical Sketch of the Progress of the ...
Edward Hammond Hargraves
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Page 64 - Gold, in the figurative language of the people, was " the tears wept by the sun," 1T and every part of the interior of the temple glowed with burnished plates and studs of the precious metal. The cornices which surrounded the walls of the sanctuary were of the same costly material ; and a broad belt or frieze of gold, let into the...
Page 54 - The pleasant life of the island was at an end ; the dream in the shade by day ; the slumber during the sultry noontide heat by the fountain or the stream, or under the spreading palm-tree ; and the song, the dance, and the game in the mellow evening, when summoned to their simple amusements by the rude Indian drum.
Page 187 - Admitting, as every reasonable person must, that a certain degree of concentration is necessary for the advancement of wealth and civilization, and that it enables Government to become at once efficient and economical, I cannot avoid perceiving the peculiarities which, in this Colony, render it impolitic and even impossible to restrain dispersion within limits that would be expedient elsewhere.
Page 121 - In reply to your letter of the 3rd instant, I am directed by the governor to inform you that his Excellency cannot say...
Page 116 - This," I exclaimed to my guide, "is a memorable day in the history of New South Wales. I shall be a baroriet, you will be knighted, and my old horse will be stuffed, put into a glass-case, and sent to the British Museum!
Page 64 - The gardens, like those described, belonging to the royal palaces, sparkled with flowers of gold and silver, and various imitations of the vegetable kingdom. Animals, also, were to be found there,— among which the llama, with its golden fleece, was most conspicuous,— executed in the same style, and with a degree of skill, which, in this instance, probably, did not surpass the excellence of the material.
Page 64 - All the plate, the ornaments, the utensils of every description, appropriated to the uses of religion, were of gold or silver. Twelve immense vases of the latter metal stood on the floor of the great saloon, filled with grain of the Indian corn...
Page 43 - When the sacrifice was ended, having melted down a vast quantity of gold, he cast half bricks from it, of which the longest were six palms in length, the shortest three, and in thickness one palm : their number was one hundred and seventeen ; four of these, of pure gold, weighed each two talents and a half ; the other half bricks of pale gold weighed two talents each.