The Gold Hunters' Adventures; Or, Life in Australia
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The Gold Hunters' Adventures; Or, Life in Australia

By William Henry Thomes
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  • THE
  • GOLD HUNTER'S ADVENTURES;
    • OR,
    • LIFE IN AUSTRALIA.
      • BY
    • BY
    • WILLIAM H. THOMES
      • A RETURNED AUSTRALIAN.
      • Illustrated by Champney.
    • A RETURNED AUSTRALIAN.
    • Illustrated by Champney.
    • CONTENTS.
    • INTRODUCTION.
    • LIFE IN AUSTRALIA;
      • OR,
      • A GOLD HUNTER'S ADVENTURES.
    • OR,
    • A GOLD HUNTER'S ADVENTURES.
    • CHAPTER I.
      • FIRST THOUGHTS OF GOING TO AUSTRALIA.—DEPARTURE FROM CALIFORNIA.—LIFE ON BOARD SHIP.—ARRIVAL AT WILLIAMS TOWN.—DESCRIPTION OF MELBOURNE.—A CONVICT'S HUT.
    • FIRST THOUGHTS OF GOING TO AUSTRALIA.—DEPARTURE FROM CALIFORNIA.—LIFE ON BOARD SHIP.—ARRIVAL AT WILLIAMS TOWN.—DESCRIPTION OF MELBOURNE.—A CONVICT'S HUT.
    • CHAPTER II.
      • A MORNING IN AUSTRALIA.—JOURNEY TO THE MINES OF BALLARAT.—THE CONVICT'S STORY.—BLACK DARNLEY, THE BUSHRANGER.
    • A MORNING IN AUSTRALIA.—JOURNEY TO THE MINES OF BALLARAT.—THE CONVICT'S STORY.—BLACK DARNLEY, THE BUSHRANGER.
    • CHAPTER III.
      • TRAVELLING IN AUSTRALIA.—AN ADVENTURE WITH SNAKES.—CARRYING THE MAILS.
    • TRAVELLING IN AUSTRALIA.—AN ADVENTURE WITH SNAKES.—CARRYING THE MAILS.
    • CHAPTER IV.
      • EATING BROILED KANGAROO MEAT.—AUSTRALIAN SPEARS AND AMERICAN RIFLES.
    • EATING BROILED KANGAROO MEAT.—AUSTRALIAN SPEARS AND AMERICAN RIFLES.
    • CHAPTER V.
      • THE SOLITARY STOCKMAN.—SHOOTING A KANGAROO.
    • THE SOLITARY STOCKMAN.—SHOOTING A KANGAROO.
    • CHAPTER VI.
      • ADVENTURE WITH A DOG.—THE MURDER IN THE RAVINE.—STORY OF AN OUTRAGED WOMAN.
    • ADVENTURE WITH A DOG.—THE MURDER IN THE RAVINE.—STORY OF AN OUTRAGED WOMAN.
    • CHAPTER VII.
      • BLACK DARNLEY'S VILLANY.—THE CONVICT STOCKMAN.
    • BLACK DARNLEY'S VILLANY.—THE CONVICT STOCKMAN.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
      • AN EXPEDITION.—A FIGHT WITH BUSHRANGERS.—DEATH OF BLACK DARNLEY.
    • AN EXPEDITION.—A FIGHT WITH BUSHRANGERS.—DEATH OF BLACK DARNLEY.
    • CHAPTER IX.
      • THE STOCKMAN'S DAUGHTER.—MOUNTED POLICE OF MELBOURNE.
    • THE STOCKMAN'S DAUGHTER.—MOUNTED POLICE OF MELBOURNE.
    • CHAPTER X.
      • DESPERATE DEEDS OF TWO CONVICTS.—LIEUT. MURDEN'S STORY.
    • DESPERATE DEEDS OF TWO CONVICTS.—LIEUT. MURDEN'S STORY.
    • CHAPTER XI.
      • SAGACITY OF A DOG.—A NIGHT'S ADVENTURES.
    • SAGACITY OF A DOG.—A NIGHT'S ADVENTURES.
    • CHAPTER XII.
      • DISCOVERY OF A MASONIC RING.—FUNERAL PYRE OF BLACK DARNLEY.
    • DISCOVERY OF A MASONIC RING.—FUNERAL PYRE OF BLACK DARNLEY.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
      • THE STOCKMAN AND HIS PARROT.—DARING PLOT OF A ROBBER CHIEFTAIN.
    • THE STOCKMAN AND HIS PARROT.—DARING PLOT OF A ROBBER CHIEFTAIN.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
      • DISCOVERY OF STOLEN TREASURES IN THE STOCKMAN'S CELLAR.
    • DISCOVERY OF STOLEN TREASURES IN THE STOCKMAN'S CELLAR.
    • CHAPTER XV.
      • DYING CONFESSION OF JIM GULPIN, THE ROBBER.
    • DYING CONFESSION OF JIM GULPIN, THE ROBBER.
    • CHAPTER XVI.
      • A FORCED MARCH TOWARDS MELBOURNE.
    • A FORCED MARCH TOWARDS MELBOURNE.
    • CHAPTER XVII
      • TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO MELBOURNE.
    • TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO MELBOURNE.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.
      • LARGE FIRE IN MELBOURNE.—ENGLISH MACHINES AT FAULT.
    • LARGE FIRE IN MELBOURNE.—ENGLISH MACHINES AT FAULT.
    • CHAPTER XIX.
      • PARDON OF SMITH AND THE OLD STOCKMAN.—GRAND DINNER AT THE GOVERNOR'S.
    • PARDON OF SMITH AND THE OLD STOCKMAN.—GRAND DINNER AT THE GOVERNOR'S.
    • CHAPTER XX.
      • DUEL BETWEEN FRED AND AN ENGLISH LIEUTENANT.
    • DUEL BETWEEN FRED AND AN ENGLISH LIEUTENANT.
    • CHAPTER XXI.
      • PREPARATIONS FOR THE SEARCH FOR GULPIN'S BURIED TREASURES.
    • PREPARATIONS FOR THE SEARCH FOR GULPIN'S BURIED TREASURES.
    • CHAPTER XXII.
      • DEPARTURE FROM MELBOURNE.—FIGHT WITH THE NATIVES.
    • DEPARTURE FROM MELBOURNE.—FIGHT WITH THE NATIVES.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.
      • ARRIVAL AT THE OLD STOCKMAN'S HUT.—MYSTERIOUS INTERRUPTIONS DURING THE HUNT.
    • ARRIVAL AT THE OLD STOCKMAN'S HUT.—MYSTERIOUS INTERRUPTIONS DURING THE HUNT.
    • CHAPTER XXIV.
      • ROBBERY OF THE CART.—CAPTURE OF STEEL SPRING.
    • ROBBERY OF THE CART.—CAPTURE OF STEEL SPRING.
    • CHAPTER XXV.
      • STEEL SPRING'S HISTORY
    • STEEL SPRING'S HISTORY
    • CHAPTER XXVI.
      • FINDING OF THE TREASURE.
    • FINDING OF THE TREASURE.
    • CHAPTER XXVII.
      • CAPTURE OF ALL HANDS, BY THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CAPTURE OF ALL HANDS, BY THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.
      • OPPORTUNE ARRIVAL OF LIEUTENANT MURDEN AND HIS FORCE, ROUT OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • OPPORTUNE ARRIVAL OF LIEUTENANT MURDEN AND HIS FORCE, ROUT OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER XXIX.
      • REVENGE OF THE BUSHRANGERS.—FIRING OF THE FOREST.
    • REVENGE OF THE BUSHRANGERS.—FIRING OF THE FOREST.
    • CHAPTER XXX.
      • PERILOUS SITUATION DURING THE FIRE.—STEEL SPRING TURNS UP.
    • PERILOUS SITUATION DURING THE FIRE.—STEEL SPRING TURNS UP.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.
      • CAPTURE OF THE BUSHRANGERS, AND DEATH OF NOSEY.
    • CAPTURE OF THE BUSHRANGERS, AND DEATH OF NOSEY.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.
      • RETURN TO THE STOCKMAN'S HUT.—SMITH IN LOVE.
    • RETURN TO THE STOCKMAN'S HUT.—SMITH IN LOVE.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.
      • RECOVERY OF THE GOLD.—ARRIVAL AT BALLARAT.
    • RECOVERY OF THE GOLD.—ARRIVAL AT BALLARAT.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.
      • THE BULLY OF BALLARAT.—FRED FIGHTS A DUEL.
    • THE BULLY OF BALLARAT.—FRED FIGHTS A DUEL.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.
      • BALLARAT CUSTOMS, AFTER A DUEL.
    • BALLARAT CUSTOMS, AFTER A DUEL.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.
      • ARRIVAL AT BALLARAT.—MR. BROWN'S STORY.
    • ARRIVAL AT BALLARAT.—MR. BROWN'S STORY.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.
      • FINDING OF A 110 LB. NUGGET.—CAVING IN OF A MINE.
    • FINDING OF A 110 LB. NUGGET.—CAVING IN OF A MINE.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
      • INCIDENTS IN LIFE AT BALLARAT.
    • INCIDENTS IN LIFE AT BALLARAT.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX.
      • ATTEMPT OF THE HOUSEBREAKER.—ATTACK BY THE SNAKE.
    • ATTEMPT OF THE HOUSEBREAKER.—ATTACK BY THE SNAKE.
    • CHAPTER XL.
      • DEATH OF THE BURGLAR BY THE SNAKE.
    • DEATH OF THE BURGLAR BY THE SNAKE.
    • CHAPTER XLI.
      • VISIT TO SNAKES' PARADISE.
    • VISIT TO SNAKES' PARADISE.
    • CHAPTER XLII.
      • FLIGHT FROM THE SNAKES.—ATTACKED BY THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • FLIGHT FROM THE SNAKES.—ATTACKED BY THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER XLIII.
      • TRIUMPHANT ENTRY INTO BALLARAT, WITH THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • TRIUMPHANT ENTRY INTO BALLARAT, WITH THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER XLIV.
      • THRASHING A BULLY.
    • THRASHING A BULLY.
    • CHAPTER XLV.
      • A YOUNG GIRL'S ADVENTURES IN SEARCH OF HER LOVER.
    • A YOUNG GIRL'S ADVENTURES IN SEARCH OF HER LOVER.
    • CHAPTER XLVI.
      • A MARRIAGE, AND AN ELOPEMENT.
    • A MARRIAGE, AND AN ELOPEMENT.
    • CHAPTER XLVII.
      • COLLECTING TAXES OF THE MINERS.
    • COLLECTING TAXES OF THE MINERS.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII.
      • Murden and Steel Spring arrive from Melbourne.
    • Murden and Steel Spring arrive from Melbourne.
    • CHAPTER XLIX.
      • CATCHING A TARL AS WELL AS A CASSIOWARY.
    • CATCHING A TARL AS WELL AS A CASSIOWARY.
    • CHAPTER L.
      • ARRIVAL OF SMITH.—ATTEMPT TO BURN THE STORE.
    • ARRIVAL OF SMITH.—ATTEMPT TO BURN THE STORE.
    • CHAPTER LI.
      • ATTEMPT TO BURN THE STORE.
    • ATTEMPT TO BURN THE STORE.
    • CHAPTER LII.
      • THE ATTEMPT TO MURDER MR. CRITCHET.
    • THE ATTEMPT TO MURDER MR. CRITCHET.
    • CHAPTER LIII.
      • OPPORTUNE ARRIVAL OF MR. BROWN.—THEY SEND FOR STEEL SPRING.
    • OPPORTUNE ARRIVAL OF MR. BROWN.—THEY SEND FOR STEEL SPRING.
    • CHAPTER LIV.
      • THE WAY THE COLONISTS OBTAIN WIVES IN AUSTRALIA.
    • THE WAY THE COLONISTS OBTAIN WIVES IN AUSTRALIA.
    • CHAPTER LV.
      • ADVENTURES AT DAN BRIAN'S DRINKING-HOUSE.
    • ADVENTURES AT DAN BRIAN'S DRINKING-HOUSE.
    • CHAPTER LVI.
      • ADVENTURES CONTINUED.
    • ADVENTURES CONTINUED.
    • CHAPTER LVII.
      • MORE OF THE SAME SORT.
    • MORE OF THE SAME SORT.
    • CHAPTER LVIII.
      • CONVALESCENCE OF MR. CRITCHET, AND OUR DISCHARGE FROM THE CRIMINAL DOCKET.
    • CONVALESCENCE OF MR. CRITCHET, AND OUR DISCHARGE FROM THE CRIMINAL DOCKET.
    • CHAPTER LIX.
      • OUR TEAMSTER BARNEY, AND HIS WIFE.
    • OUR TEAMSTER BARNEY, AND HIS WIFE.
    • CHAPTER LX.
      • MIKE FINDS THE LARGE "NUGGET."
    • MIKE FINDS THE LARGE "NUGGET."
    • CHAPTER LXI.
      • THE RESULT OF GROWING RICH TOO RAPIDLY.
    • THE RESULT OF GROWING RICH TOO RAPIDLY.
    • CHAPTER LXII.
      • THE FLOUR SPECULATION.—MR. CRITCHET'S STORY.
    • THE FLOUR SPECULATION.—MR. CRITCHET'S STORY.
    • CHAPTER LXIII.
      • THE SAME, CONTINUED.
    • THE SAME, CONTINUED.
    • CHAPTER LXIV.
      • MR. BROWN'S DISCHARGE FROM THE POLICE FORCE.—BILL SWINTON'S CONFESSION.
    • MR. BROWN'S DISCHARGE FROM THE POLICE FORCE.—BILL SWINTON'S CONFESSION.
    • CHAPTER LXV.
      • THE EXPEDITION AFTER BILL SWINTON'S BURIED TREASURES.
    • THE EXPEDITION AFTER BILL SWINTON'S BURIED TREASURES.
    • CHAPTER LXVI.
      • JOURNEY AFTER THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • JOURNEY AFTER THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • CHAPTER LXVII.
      • THE HUNT FOR THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • THE HUNT FOR THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • CHAPTER LXVIII.
      • THE ISLAND GHOST.—NARROW ESCAPE OF MR. BROWN.
    • THE ISLAND GHOST.—NARROW ESCAPE OF MR. BROWN.
    • CHAPTER LXIX.
      • CAPTURE OF THE GHOST.
    • CAPTURE OF THE GHOST.
    • CHAPTER LXX.
      • THE GHOST AND THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • THE GHOST AND THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER LXXI.
      • SAM TYRELL AND THE GHOST.
    • SAM TYRELL AND THE GHOST.
    • CHAPTER LXXII.
      • FINDING THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • FINDING THE BURIED TREASURE.
    • CHAPTER LXXIII.
      • THE ESCAPE FROM THE FIRE.
    • THE ESCAPE FROM THE FIRE.
    • CHAPTER LXXIV.
      • ARRIVAL AT MR. WRIGHT'S STATION.
    • ARRIVAL AT MR. WRIGHT'S STATION.
    • CHAPTER LXXV.
      • SUPPER.—RETURN OF MR. WRIGHT'S SCOUTS.
    • SUPPER.—RETURN OF MR. WRIGHT'S SCOUTS.
    • CHAPTER LXXVI.
      • MIKE TUMBLES INTO THE RIVER.—ARRIVAL OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • MIKE TUMBLES INTO THE RIVER.—ARRIVAL OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER LXXVII.
      • CAPTURE OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CAPTURE OF THE BUSHRANGERS.
    • CHAPTER LXXVIII.
      • PUNISHING THE BULLY.
    • PUNISHING THE BULLY.
    • CHAPTER LXXIX.
      • MR. WRIGHT'S FARM.—DEATH OF KELLY.
    • MR. WRIGHT'S FARM.—DEATH OF KELLY.
    • CHAPTER LXXX.
      • JOURNEY BACK TO BALLARAT.
    • JOURNEY BACK TO BALLARAT.
    • CHAPTER LXXXI.
      • STEEL SPRING IN THE FIELD.—ATTEMPT OF THE COMMISSIONER TO CONFISCATE OUR HORSES.
    • STEEL SPRING IN THE FIELD.—ATTEMPT OF THE COMMISSIONER TO CONFISCATE OUR HORSES.
    • CHAPTER LXXXII.
      • SAME CONTINUED.—DEATH OF ROSS.
    • SAME CONTINUED.—DEATH OF ROSS.
    • CHAPTER LXXXIII.
      • ARREST OF FRED.—TRIP TO MELBOURNE, AND ITS RESULTS.
    • ARREST OF FRED.—TRIP TO MELBOURNE, AND ITS RESULTS.
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