A Mother's Offering to Her Children Barton, Charlotte (1797-1862) A digital text sponsored by Australian Literature Electronic Gateway University of Sydney Library Sydney, Australia 2003
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Source Text: Prepared from the print source published by The Gazette Sydney 1841 Originally attributed to Lady Bremer, wife of Sir James John Gordon Bremer, in J.A. Ferguson's Bibliography of Australia. More recently attributed to Charlotte Barton in Marcie Muir's Charlotte Barton : Australia's first children's author (Sydney : Wentworth Books, 1980).
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A Mother's Offering to Her Children by a Lady long resident in New South Wales Sydney The Gazette 1841
Preface. TO MASTER REGINALD GIPPS, SON OF HIS EXCELLENCY SIR GEORGE GIPPS, Governor of New South Wales and its Dependencies, AND OF LADY GIPPS, THIS little work is dedicated by permission, and the author hopes the incidents it contains may afford him some little entertainment in the perusal: its principal merit is the truth of the subjects narrated; the accounts of the melancholy shipwrecks being drawn from printed sources; and perhaps it may claim some trifling merit also from being the first work written in the Colony expressly for Children. The Author is fully aware how greatly the value of these little Books will be enhanced by the high and kind patronage of Master REGINALD GIPPS, to whom she begs to subscribe herself his Truly obliged, And most obedient humble servant, And well-wisher, THE AUTHOR. Sydney, New South Wales, 29th October, 1841.
A Mother's Offering to Her Children
Extraordinary Sounds. Mrs, Saville engaged at her needle. Clara, Emma, Amusing themselves by Drawing. Julius and Lucy, Emma. — How very extraordinary those tremendous noises were Mamma, which we heard at the Coolondal Mountain; while you and my brother were from home. You cannot think how alarmed we were! It sounded like the loudest cannon: and then there was such a splash in the River; it seemed as if some of the rocks had given way: and yet, when you returned home and went with us to examine the place, there did not appear to be any change in them. Was it not very strange, Mamma? Mrs. S. — It was my love. The rocks certainly did not look as if they had been disturbed for ages. Clara — Did you ever hear of any similar occurrence, Mamma? Mrs. S. — I have. And in this country such sounds, have been heard several times. Julius. — Oh! do tell us all about it, Mamma? Mrs. S. — What little I know about the matter I shall be happy to relate to you, my love. A Gentleman was telling me sometime ago, of an extraordinary circumstance of the kind, which took place at Yass. I will endeavour to repeat it, in his own words. “On my way to our Sheep Stations, in the year 1833, I passed a night at
the residence of the hospitable Mr. Hamilton Hume, at Yass. While we were engaged in conversation, in the Evening, we were surprised by the apparent report of musketry, as if a smart fire of about five-and-twenty guns was kept up, near the house. We hastened out, supposing the Mounted Police had come to the spot, and were engaged with Bushrangers. The evening was dark and we could discern nothing, though the firing still continued; but, it now appeared ascending into the air higher and higher, till it gradually ceased, as if those who were firing had ascended as they fired their muskets. We remained a short time listening with awe; wondering what this strange Phenomenon could protend. All was still. After expressing our astonishment, we withdrew within the door way; when Mr. Hume related a similar Phenomenon, which had occurred during an exploring journey which he took with Capt. Sturt.” They were on their return from an expedition by the Castlereagh River, and had