Hamilton, J. C. (James Charles), 1836-1927
Pioneering days in western Victoria : a narrative of early station life / by J.C. Hamilton
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Melbourne : Exchange Press, [1912?]
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Pioneering Days in WESTERN VICTORIA 6
Pioneering Days in Western Victoria CHAPTER I. Arrival in Melbourne.—Family History and Experiences. 8
CHAPTER II. Shifting to New Country—Account of Trip. Arrival. 12
CHAPTER III. Remove to Ozenkadnook.—Carting Wool to Portland.—A Long Run. 18
CHAPTER IV. My Uncle’s Boundaries.—Other New Settlers.—Applications Dealt With by Captain Fyans at Harlot’s Station, near Horsham. 21
CHAPTER V. Shepherding.—The Cook and Irish Bill.— Kangaroos,—Sheep Drafting.—Learning under Difficulties. 25
CHAPTER VI. Pioneer Squatters and Their Runs.—Blacks Kill Squatter.—Punishment Dealt Them.—The Petrified Blackfellow. 29
CHAPTER VII. South-East Squatters.—Tragic End of One. —Jones’ Mad Gallop with New Chum. 35
CHAPTER VIII. Grass in Early Days.—Black Thursday.— Narrow Escape while Shepherding.— Description of Timber.—Brush Fences and Bush Fires. 38
CHAPTER IX. To Portland with Wool.—Incident at Newlands.—Description of Journey.—Portland in 1848. 41
CHAPTER X. A Sad Day.—My Father’s Death in the Bush.—Blacks Give Timely Help. 45
CHAPTER XI Shepherds and Cooks.—Weights of Sheep and Cattle in Shepherd Days.—Effect of Fencing.—Sheep Drafting. 48
CHAPTER XII. Effect of Father’s Death.—Dealing with Scabby Sheep.—My Shepherding Experience.—Taking Sheep to Melbourne. 51
CHAPTER XIII. Tatiara and Western Wimmera Pioneers.- Sad Fate of Squatters.—Murder of Mr. Young. 56
CHAPTER XIV. At School in Launceston.—Prison Life There.—Difficulties of Return Journey. 63
CHAPTER XV. Bushrangers.—Morgan, Gardiner, Captain Melville. 67
CHAPTER XVI. Labourers.—Shearers.—Swagmen. 76
CHAPTER XVII. New Zealand Station.—John and Frank Hamilton.—Marriage.—Tom Hamilton. Trip to Port Darwin.—Aboriginal Cricketers.—Death of Tom Hamilton. 78
CHAPTER XVIII. Incidents in Station Life.—Learning to Ride.—Buckjumpers.—Swimming Adventures. 82
CHAPTER XIX. To Geelong and Melbourne.—A Sad Experience.—Cobb and Co. in the Fifties.— Noted Drivers and Incidents. 87
CHAPTER XX. Incidents of Station Life.—Snakes.—Lightning.—Use of Wool-press as Lock-up. 93
CHAPTER XXI. Aborigines.—Their Customs. 97
CHAPTER XXII. District Events.—Start of Apsley.—The Race Club.—Show.—Church Services. 105
CHAPTER XXIII. Changed Circumstances.—Conclusion. 109



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