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-WAHGUNYAH, AND MUDGE, OVER THE RIVER MURRAY.
My Holiday Trip to Victoria and I
As we came alongside tue pier, it was not witnout considerable surprise that I observed the extraordinary appliances art had given Sandridge to assist commerce. Mighty ships of two and three thousand tons carrying capacity, lay there in numbers, discharging by aid of steam machinery cargoes of merchandise, which dis appeared as if by magic along a railway that extends its lines in every direction. Before me was the Golden City ; in my rear was Williamstown; on my right were Emerald Hill, St. Kilda, and Brighton ; on my left Footscray and the Yarra, towards each of which places trains were rushing ; and from them, scarcely without intermission, came the piercing shriek «rf the steam whistle. Fromthovery pierhead, ranging as far as my eye could carry mo, stood stately hotels, gigantic store houses, huge manufactories, as well as humbler habita tions of labour and enterprise, of every possible descrip tion. In the bay a perfect fleet of small steamers kept continually on the move. At once I saw evidences of the go-a-head character of the people, to an extent I had never observed in New South Wales, and my heart palpitated with pleasure, as I felt that I had not made my journey for nothing, but had abundance to see that
I had never seen before.
I was much pestered by an army of cabmen and porters, who never seemed satisfied that I could not employ them aU, and who tormented mo for my luggage, pulling and dragging and soliciting in a most provoking manner. The captain and mate in vain tried to drive thom from tho ship's side, but they would not be repulsed. . I, however, stood back, and resolved in my own mind not to quit tho ship until those importunate vagabonds had departed. Tho ship was also stormed by customs' officials, who instituted a vigorous search through the cabins, enlightening mo upon the pleasures of protec tion, of which the Victorians havo tho benefit. I thought that we in Sydney were happy, at all events, in having no officialdom of this intrusive character to maintain, which must bo not only a nuisance to new arrivals, but a drawback to tho enterprise of which I saw so many evidences. Nevertheless these little difficulties beiug overcome, I said good-bye to Captain Clarke, bade adieu to the You Yangs, and shortly after, with my luggage, was standing at the Eailway
Let me here remark that this, as well as the other termini, was quito different to any I had seen in New South Wales, being a compact and commodious build ing, furnished with every accessory to comfort. Ele gant bars, behind which attractive young women, fasliionably attired, dispensed every description of wines, spirits, and beer, to customers whose thirst would appear to bo never satisfied ; restaurants offered tho choicest viands to those requiring refresh ment ; ladies' retiring rooms presented accommoda tion to those who might have occasion to wait ; books were at tho disposal of thoso who desired them ; and attendance of every description was at hand. I found that thc termini so kept were a con siderable source of revenue to the company, and that great attention was paid to them in this respect. Sub sequently I discerned that, excellent as thc railway terminus arrangements were boro, they were oven bot ter on tho Government railways, and I resolved that they might be well imitated by the Sydney powers that
I had been advised to make tho Port Phillip Club Hotel my homo during my sojourn in Melbourne, as a place where I should find some of thc oldest and most wealthy inhabitants. And on leaving the Melbourne terminus I had only to proceed a very short distance up Flinders-street ere I pulled up at its magnificent entrance. I was at once received by an attentive waiter, and shown to a room that really combined elegance with comfort.
I determined to dine at the public table in order that I might notice tho manners and customs of thc Victorians, and cast about amongst tho sojourners at the hotel for a congenial companion who' would be able to show inc the lions of the place. In order that I might obtain thc necessary introductions, when my mind was made up as to my «ian, I cultivated the acquaintance of the host, Mr. Spooner, who I found to be not only gentlemanly iu his manners, but, what I much desired, in every way communicative. My first introduction was, however, of a curious character. It was to no less than by tho most wonderful bud in tho world-a cockatoo - whose powers of conversation would almost transcend
belief. This extraordinary bird has a voice as near approaching human as can well be conceived; and his language, of which ho has a most copious supply, would do credit to many of our most loquacious
members of Parliament. He does not con
fine himself to the orthodox " Pretty Cocky," but talks upon many subjects with a gravity of look that is irresistibly comic. This bird is veritably tho " lion " of the Port Phillip Club. It is ono of tho first things that attracts you at that hotel, and has afforded amusement to thousands. Mi'. Spooner has been offered largo sums of money for him, but would not part with him on any account.
I met a gay assemblage of men at dinner, numbering military and naval officers, squat ters, merchants, and wealthy bachelors. Amongst thom was Mr. Aspinall, for some time Attorney-General, and Mr. Ireland, also - her Majesty's chief legal"adviser for a brief period. ' With the wino their wit was keen, and they kept up a run ning fire of jokes that kept the table in a roar. Beside me sat a very agreeable sort of follow, evidently a squatter, who, observing I was a stranger, took some trouble in explaining to mo who the folks were that constituted om dinnerparty, and what were their chief characteristics. As I thought that this was the sort of person I wanted for my chaperone in Melbourne we exchanged cards, and I found that my new friend was Mr. James Young, an old colonist, and then only a middle-aged man. His station was near Wahgunyah, a> postal township about one hundred and eight miles N. from Melbourne. I was pleased at having Mr. Young's acquaintance-as tho sequel will show I had reason
After dinner with my new friend, I retired to the court-yard, in which, I should have mentioned before,
was domiciled the wonderful cockatoo. I doro say moro millionaires have enjoyed a Melbourne evening in this delightful retreat than in any drawing-room hi Australia. It is situate just off the ample billiard-room, and is covered in with trellis work, upon which are masses of evergreen creepers, passion flowers, and grape vines. Eural seats of a most luxurious sort are placed within it, before which aro small marble tables that served to accommodate tho "Nb. 2" and "Cliquot," which every evening are so abundantly discussed. On this occasion nearly all the seats and tables were occupied, ourselves being most agreeably accommodated. We wiled away an hour here, and, having finished our cigars, at my friend's suggestion sallied out into tho city in search of adventures.
Of course tho theatre was our first rendezvous, and wo proceeded at once up Elizabeth-street, .which was crowded by people, round into Great Bourke-strect to the Boyal, as being tho leading theatre ; and I must confess that, accustomed as I was to tho Prince of Wales Opera Houso in Sydney, ns being my beau ideal of grandeur in theatres, I was not prepared to see so elegant and com modious a place of entertainment. Its entrance is a vast vestibule, being, as I found, a lounge for tho citizens, thousands of whom occupy it each evening without entering thc theatre at all. Tho demi-monde wore herc in numbers, and swells of tho period jauntily strutted up and down, or lounged over tho counters, conversing with thc barmaids, of whom there were at least twenty. Tho bar ia a great institution in Melbourne truly her citizens must bc thirsty souls. It runs tho ; whole length of thc vestibule, and on each side it is
gorgeously litted up. Above tho vestibule, and ap proached by a grand staircase, is a fashionable cafe and restaurant, for the accommodation of the dress circle visitors to thc theatre, as well as the public generally, and remarkable for its being fre quented by literary people, artists, and others of "mind" and taste. The arrangements herc were admirable. Tho theatre was well occupied within. It will accommodate, I was told, 4000 per sons, and has, besides pit and parquette, two tiers of elegantly fitted boxes, and a spacious gallery for tho gods.
" Tho history of this theatre" said my companion, observing mc scanning its ulterior with curious inte rest, " is very remarkable. It lins seen sonic strango changes of proprietary, and witnessed tho rise and fail of sonic extraordinary men." He then detailed to me, that tho Royal had been built in tho year 1854, at a cost of a hundred thousand pounds, by a person named J olin Black, who bought tho ground and commenced tho building upon credit, when he was not worth a farthing in the world ; and that ho had carried it out to completion entirely in that way; ultimately, when ho lind
finished it, having to bolt from his creditors, and never having been heard of since. He added that it had then fallen into the hands of Messrs. George Coppin and the late eminent tragedian G. V. Brooke, upon a division of property, becoming exclusively that of tho latter. That subsequently it fell into tho hands of Mr. Ambrose Kyte, who, in 1853, was lamplighter to John ThomaB Smith's old theatre in Queen-street ; in 1856 was one of the richest men in Melbourne ; in 1859, almost at his own expense, fitted out the memorable Burke and Wills expedition ; at that time and for years subsequently gave a thousand a year as prizes for agriculture; in 1860 was elected a member of Parliament, and held a good position in both Houses; and who only a year or two since had died in compara tive poverty. I expressed my astonishment at tho marvellous vicissitudes he mentioned, and as I did not take much interest in the play, .proposed that we should return to the hotel, and that my companion should re late to mo some of his Victorian experiences ere we re tired to bed. He expressed his willingness to do so; so we called a cab, and were soon whisked back to Flin ders-street. When we had comfortably ensconced ourselves in the snuggery Mr. Young gave me tho fol lowing narrative, which I shall call
THE WAHGUNYAH SQUATTER'S STORY.
" When I first came to Melbourne it bore a very dif ferent aspect to that it does now. It was early in tho year 1851, and tho gold diggings then had not broken out. As you may suppose, I was a few years younger than I am now, and consequently of rather a more ad venturous turn. But adventurous as I was, visionary as was my imagination, and colour dc rose as were my hopes, tho whole of these were transcended in tho extraordinary scenes that I mot with. Although, as I have said, the gold diggings had not broken out, we were on the eve of them, and that ovo was ono of peculiar quiet. I remember that, when the news caine from Bathurst of Mr. Hargravo's discovery of gold there, it not only created a j>rofound sensation amongst tho few residents of tliis city at that tune, but it threatened almost to depopulate tho place ; for many hastened to New South Wales, and you might have walked down Great Collins-street and not met half-a-dozen people. Down any of the principal streets you might have discharged a platoon of artil lery and not injured a singlo human being. It was during this period of quiet that I arrived in Melbourne alone, unintroduced, and almost penniless.
Unaccustomed to hardship of any kind, and never before having known what it was to look for my own living, I wandored about in a confused state of mind, applying unsuccessfully for employment as clerk at tho different stores or establishments that were then occupied; and it was not without considerable difficulty that I obtained a situation in a wool broker's establish ment, near tho Shakspere Hotel in Great Collins-street, whero there were a number of men employed in sorting wool, wool-growing being then the principal occupation of those who were settled down in the colony. This employment, however, did not last me long. Within a few months of my having obtained it, news arrived in town of the discovery of gold at Ballarat. Then came thc further intelligence of the Forest Creek, Bendigo, and Fryer's Creek diggings. In quick succession, gold began to arrive in quantities in thc city. Then, one by one, servants bolted from their places and rushed to tho diggings. Masters followed, establishments were broken up, and Melbourne became still less tho habita
tion of man.
From the establishment in which I was employed, one after the other of tho people went ; and I began to sec that soon woolbrokoiing would bc at an end, for my employer was becoming impatient, as no one was left to carry on thc business but hbiisclf and me. One day he met mo in thc street, and told nie that ho wondered I had remained behind, upon thc face of the nows of so much success in digging gold. It was strange, lie thought, that I had not gone to thc diggings, as thc men had done. I told him that I had little inclination for digging, and having no mate did not feel inclined to go alone to thc gold-fields. Ho then told mc that ho required my services no more, but that I might remain to livo upon thc promises, which were now use less to him, ns long as I liked. Ho offered to let mc thc premises, if I would tako them, at a nominal rent (they were his property). But I laughed at the idea of my taking promises, when it struck mc, if the desolation prevailed in thc city that seemed eveiy day impending, it was extremely probable that in a few weeks I should not know whore to get a dinner. So my employer left me, and as I was of a retiring disposition, and knew only a very few people in tho town, I was soon in a very dejected stato of mindi
I wandered about every day, my exchequer gradually diminishing, and no chanco of anything toning up, in a sad state. Tho few ships that were in tho harbour, liko the houses in the town, wcro Jfor tho most part empty, for they were abandoned by tho sailors the moment the anchor's were dropped ; and as the police had nearly all resigned and gone to tho diggings, it was no diffi culty to them to defy all ship's articles, and laugh to scorn tho entreaties of their owners and captains to ro main and work. All thw time, however, the gold fever raging, shipß from tho adjoining colonies kept pouring in immigrants in thousands. But none of them remained about tho oitv to work. All made for Ballarat, Ben digo, or tho other gold-fields. That is all, excopt tho publicans, whoso trade gradually began to expand, as lucky diggers returned from tho diggings to knock down their'gold, and shopkeepers and tradesmen who now found a reaction had set in, and that tho houses which a few weeks previously had been untenanted and abandoned would soon be in ten times greater request than ever; and another class of workers who soon became a terror to the place, and will never bo for gotten by those who resided in Melbourne at the period
I refer to.
These I allude to were the Bontonvillo convicts that had been sent out in large numbers with tickets-of leave a year or two previously, and who formed in gangs, sometimes joined by expirées from Van Diemcn's Land and Sydney, roamed about, a terror to any unfortunate that might be walk ing tho streets after dark, sticking them up in all direc tions, robbing them, and not unfroquently treating thom with the greatest brutality.
AU this timo I had stillremained in my old quarters -the woolbroker's store that was still shut up-an uulucky searcher for employment, and now reduced to tho last extremity for food. From my room, which overlooked that part of Great Collins-street now occupied by magnificent stores, but then simply waste allotments, there was scarcely a night that I was not aroused from my sleep by the outcries of some poor wretch who had been so unfortunate as to meet the gangs of highway men that infested the Btreets-only to be robbed, beaten about with the butt end of a pistol or a neddy, and sometimes stabbed with a bowie knife. To their cries for help few persons dared to make response, for tho banditti were as ferocious as they were powerful, and every one dreaded thom.
As I saw crowds of diggers arrive from the adjoining colonies, on theil* way to the gold-field, or others flush of gold returned with their lucky pilo, how often I wished for a mate and an equipment that I might at all events try my fortune. But for a long time I could find no mate. I had no money to provide me with an equip ment. I was almost starving. It was a free country, and no ono, consequently, pitied me.
I usually sauntered about during tho day, in a sort of liatloss and apathetic way, watching tho immigrant diggers who now carno in thousands, and who hurried about in tho most confused manner. Ono day, Christ mas Day above all others, as I was walking over Batman's Hill-historic ground, now levelled, and a Bite for tho railway termini-I was attracted by the sounds of gaiety that issued from a small hut of ancient build, that stood upon a grassy slopo. A table had been placed in front, under a tree-it was covered with the good things of this life-and round it wore scated men, women, and children, who appeared greatly to bo enjoying themselves. AB I passed a merry song was being sung in a fine clear voice, and I lingered to listen to it. One of tho bon vivants, on seeing me, got up from thc table, and, coming across to whero I stood, and perceiving mc, I suppose, to bo a friendless now chum, offered mo tho compliments ol tho season, and asked mc if I would join their social party. Nothing loth-for I had not tasted food that day-I at once responded in tho affirmative. Thc first proceeding waa to question me about what I would drink, and to recommend mo some Irish whisky. Fill ing a tumbler half full, and although thc day was warm, mixing it with hot water, sugar, and lemon, ho handed it to mc, and observed with curious interest that I almost swallowed it at a gulp. I think that I have never tasted anything so refreshing os that driuk
before or since.
" Will you try another?" ho said, asl drained tho
I nodded acquiesconse, and a second tumbler of whisky toddy immediately followed tho first.
" New chum ?" ho inquired.
Thc effect of tho whisky was now potent upon me. Hitherto I had walked about town uncomplaining, and I believe I should, have died rather than. luwo confessed
my misery to anyone. Now my heart was in ra month, and all burst from mo in a flood of words,
roplied that I was soarooly a new chum, for I had bei in Melbourne Bovoral months, but that I was YOI unfortunate. "Whilst uncouth diggers wore lavishir gold in all directions, and every ono seemed prosporou I was starving, and know not whore to go to, or what I do. I then related my tale, and my kind ontertami at onoo cheered mo up by saying I should want a hon no more, undertaking to find employment for mo i once ; at tho same timo bogging mo to cat, which, hov over, I was unable to do, for my heart was too ful My now friend would not allow me to loavo till nigl como. In parting he pressed mo to return on tl morrow, and when I reached my solitary garrot thanked God that Ho had sent mo a friend at last.
On colling at Batman's Hill next day, I was astonish* to soo, sitting in tho hut, or cottage (for; it was vol comfortable inside, although small and primitivo i build), a tall man dressed in black. Ono of my nc friond's children sat upon his knee, and ho was fondlii tho other with great good humour. Up to this tim boyond tolling mo that his name was Griffith, and thi ho was an old Victorian, my friend had not told n who ho was, and I was startled upon at onco recogni in tho tall dark man that was playing with the chi dren, Mr. Latrobe, tho Governor of tho Now Eldorad Both smilod when they saw my surpriso, but Griffil advanced, shook me by thc hand, and introduced n to Iiis Excollonoy with littlo formality. Griffith w ohiof clork to tho Oolonial Secretary, and a groat con
dant of tho Governor's.
I can assure you, that such was tho suavo manner Mr. Latrobo, that I was almost as soon at homo xvii him as I had got to bo with Griffith. Both marvell* at my simplicity, and understanding that I had a knox ledgo of tho wool business, told mo by no means to 1 downhearted, for, if I would be guided by them, should soon bo on tho road to fortune. How glad was for any ono to guido mo it is needless to relate
I think a week had olapsod after this interview, ar at his request I visited Griffith daily, taking my mea with his family, and being made quito at homo. At h hut I mot constantly tho present first Lord of the Adm ralty,Mr. Childers, who was then immigration agent i Molboumo; Captain Lonsdale, the Colonial Secretar; and Johnny Fawkner, tho settler who had first campe upon tho spot whoro Griffith now resided. The hr was tho property of tho Govonimont. My idea of tl first Lord of tho Admiralty at that timo, I vividl remombor, was anything but complimentary to hin Ho was a fat-faced, blue-eyed young man, with fa: hair, that hung down in lank onds ; and ho lookc to mo anything but intellectual. But you must nc tako people by their looks-and I am digressing.
' I say a' wcok had elapsed when, ono day,
found Griffith alono, and in a deep study. Hi tablo in tho hut was covered with papen . and ho appoarcd to bo revolving in his mind a matte
of some unportanco. When I came into him, aftc a short time he said, "Young man, from tho monien I saw you, I took a great fancy to you, and I hope shall not havo reason to regret it; for I havo mado u my mind to place ovory confidence in you. I cai assure you in this, both the Governor and Captai: Lonsdale join with mo. Now, if I were to offer yoi tho chargo of an important ontorpriso that would hi sure to oventuato in great advantages to yourself, di you think you coidd undertako it ?" I replied that i had sufforod so muoh from unwilling idleness, that i only roquired to bo led on to accomplish anytliini energy could do-that tho greater tho danger tho betto I should bo satisfied. Upon this wo shook hands, andi know I was commissionou for something, and my puls boat .with wild dolight.
It soon appoarcd that, besides tho cares of govorn mont, tho Govornor and Colonial Se'oretary wore botl dooply immersed in land speculations. In ovory direo tion both those gentlemen had taken up largo scopes o ground, which they had stookod with sheep. Tho goli discoveries threatened thoir utter ruin ; for they, no; no living man at that time, evor onco thought that r reaction woidd como as it did, that would causo thc gold-fiolds to give baok to the pastoral interests thc labour they had taken from thom. But this by thc
Now Mr. Childers Uko myself, an adventuror ir Victoria, oxoopt that when ho arrived he was a little bottor off, had been taken greatly into tho confidence of his Exoollenoy and Captain Lonsdale. Thoy were aware that he had brought Bomo fivo thousand pounds with him, and that his name was good at tho banks, for at loast five moro. And thoy know that ho xvoulc bo wiUing, for tho sako of position, to join them, ovei although at tho risk of sacrificing his money. His aim. thon, was political position. And although, as it turned out afterwards, ho had a greed for money, it was noi nearly BO Btrong as thatforpolitioiilauthority. As theplol dovolopod itsolf, I found that Mr. Latrobo and Captain Lonsdalo, with Griffith, were a combined party-and that siego was to bo laid to Mr. Childors's prudence tc involvo him with thom-a sioge wliich if they coule havo roail his heart, for tho reasons I havo stated, tho) nocd not havo troubled themselves much about.
This was tho truo stato of tho case when Giiflitl communicated to nie his intontion of entrusting me with a confidential embassy. For as ho dovolopod hil plan it become at once obvious.
."Mr. Childors," ho said, after extorting manj pledges of confidence from mo, " is desirous of joinLnc. tho Govornor and Captain Lonsdalo in a station speculation, and. thoy aro anxious that ho should have ono, but that it shall bo irrespective of them. And 1 xviii toll you why. In a fortnight from to-day they xviii requiro ton' thousand pounds in cash, xvithouf xvhioh it xviii bo impossible for either of them to pro ceed. And tho only xvny to do it is to sell a station that xviii realiso tho amount. Thoro is a pro perty upon tho Murray, xvliioh does not bolong to thom, but xvliich thoy can rondily purchaso on advantageous terms, at a long croetit. Hitherto it has not beon stocked, but thoy proposo to tako this property, stock it, and soil it to Slr. Cliilelors. If this ia done, it must bo done at once. Tho only difficulty at tho present timo is to get a man of suffioiont aotixity to proceed to tho Murray at onco, tako over tho station from tho parties xvho aro to transfor it, and then, having driven tho stock upon it, ro-transfor it-upon his making good tho purchaso
monoy-to Mr. Childors."
Tho inagnitudo of tho oporation in xvhich I xvas to tako a part noxv fully broke boforo mo. But I hesitated not to undertake tho task, could I obtain the assistanco xvhich I required. Although having a knoxvlodgo of xvoolsorting, I xvas no shepherd ; although a good .horsoman, I had never boon in tho Australian hush in my lifo. Hoxvover, I told Griffith to provide mo xvith a good horse and a man, and I would at onco procoedto clo his bidding, or perish hi tho attempt. Upon this xvo shook hands, and I looked upon mysolf as booked for a squatter's lifo-probably tho first xvho had gone into it xvholly inoxpononccd and untaught.
That evening, on visiting tho hut, Mr. Latrobe, Captain Lonsdale, and Mr. Childers xvoro prosont ;
anet I saxv that my friond's schomo lind, boon dovolopod and matured. But I xvas soiuoxvhot suii)riscd xvhon Griffith aecostod mo, as though ho had not s]iokcn on tho subject before, and askoel ino hoxv I would like to take charge of a station for Mr. Childors. 1 thought it prudent to prosorve tho mystorious bond that had beon entered into by utu and with a dissimulation that I felt very muchashamea
of afterwards, agreed io do my best for either of the gentlemen in whatever capacity I might be engaged. .
However, to make a long story short, tho next day saw mo with twenty pounds in my pocket, accompanied by an aboriginal and a shepherd, with a oouplo of dogs, travelling along up tho Sydney road to tho Murray, until wo came to Wah gunyah. And I confess when I arrived at this de lightful spot, my mind was mado up as to my futuro life, and I determined at once to devoto myself to pas coral pursuits-that no gold mining should over have any guttering attraction for me. The township and district is ono of the most lovely I over saw-at tMs timo, now that it is no longer a wilderness, but tho seat of busy industry, perhaps for productiveness and pic turesque beauty equal to any in Australia. There is a delightful lake, "Bulgeaba, lying to the south-west of tho township, and vineyards, from four to forty acres each, grow luxuriantly tho most delicious grapes. Tho "Wahgunyah wino is, I can tell you, nonpareil. "We have now there a wooden bridgo" spanning tho Murrav, erected at a cost of £10,000, whilst coaches run daily from our midst to Buthorglon, Chiltern, Beechworth, and Wangaratta, all largo and populous towns, sprung up since I mado my trip to Wahgunyah in tho interest of Mr. Latrobe, Captain Lonsdale, and Mr. Childers. And at least a thousand occupiers of land, havo residences, where then no tiling could bo seen but the camping placo of
But I am getting in advance of my stoiy. When I went to take that station over for Mr. Latrobe and Captain Londsdalo, it was bought for a nominal sum, stocked with cattle and sheep, and sold to Mr. Childers for the ten thousand pounds Griffith had spoken of. With tho assistance conceded to me I took it over in the time required, saw the sheep and cattle driven on tho run, and rode round the boundary hard enough work, I may assure you, for a now chum. Instead of station property diminishing in value, as feared by my patrons, in six months' time it had trebled and quadrupled. No doubt tho transaction delivered tho Governor and his partner out of a mess, saved thom from ruin, and may bo was tho stepping stone to tho fortunes all three realised out of their properties within a twelvemonth. When I saw thom again they were hearty in then' thanks to me for my assiduity, and when I asked them to assist mo to purchase a station for myself, so satisfied were they with my energy that they did so at once. And I forth with occupied a station on tho Murray, near the township of Wahgunyah. It is now all purchased land, and my own; but I can never forget that through my lingering on Batman's Hill, on Christmas Day, 1852, and being taken pity on by my good friond Griffith, who I am sony to say a year or two afterwards killed himself with drink, I am now in circumstances equal' to thoso of any squatter hi tho plonsnnt neighbourhood of Wahgunyah. But tho first Lord of the Admiralty does not know to this day that tho Wahgunyah station that was his property, and which ho afterwards sold to such advantage, was almost palmed upon him by a trick, to savo the first Governor
of Victoria from ruin."
Mr. Young's story ended hore, and we parted for the