A Lady's Visit To The Gold Diggings Of Australia In 1852-53 By Mrs Charles (Ellen) Clacy

 -  About half a
mile distant is a large station belonging to Mr. Watson; the houses,
huts and yards are very - Page 40
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About Half A Mile Distant Is A Large Station Belonging To Mr. Watson; The Houses, Huts And Yards Are Very Prettily Laid Out, And, In A Few Years He Will Have The Finest Vineyard In The Neighbourhood.

Two miles to the east is the residence of Mr. Poullett, Commissioner of Crown Lands, which is very pleasantly situated on the banks of an ever-running stream.

The paddock, which is a large one (10 square miles, or 6400 acres), is well wooded. Some new police barracks and stabling yards are in the course of erection.

We did not linger in the "Bush Inn," but pursued our way over a marshy flat, crossed a dangerous creek, and having ascended a steep and thickly wooded hill on the skirts of the Black Forest, we halted and pitched our tents. It was little more than mid-day, but the road had been fearful - as bad as wading through a mire; men and beasts were worn out, and it was thought advisable to recruit well before entering the dreaded precincts of the Black Forest. Fires were lit, supper was cooked, spirits and pipes made their appearance, songs were sung, and a few of the awful exploits of Black Douglas and his followers were related. Later in the evening, an opossum was shot by one of us. Its skin was very soft, with rich, brown hair.

SATURDAY, 11 - A dismal wet day - we remained stationary, as many of our party were still foot-sore, and all were glad of a rest.

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