In Australian Colonists, the author examines the period beginning with British settlement in 1788, to 1870, the year when the last British soldiers sailed home from the colonies. We read of convicts, currency lads and emigrants. We are shown the holidays the newcomers carried with them from the old world and the new fetes they made as colonists. We see them facing their natural enemies in the land, and having their tranquillity pierced by bushrangers and by rebellious convicts, military officers and gold diggers. We hear with them the sound of distant war. We meet the men they honoured and we read of efforts by poets and orators to turn the Australian experience into history.
Table of contents
The people Convicts; Emigrants; Colonists Holidays old and new The monarch's birthday; The sabbath; St Patrick's Day; Christmas; New festivals of leisure; Anniversary day War and peace Natural enemies; Bushrangers; Rebels; Diggers; The sound of distant war The stuff of history Australian heroes; She is not yet.