- Unusually severe weather in Ballarat
‘Happy is he who possesses a pair of long sea-boots, as without them there is no safety!’ reports the Argus. Rain, sleet and snow have been falling heavily in Ballarat, and residents must traverse bogs and streams to reach the Government camp.
- 13 June 1853
- Published Source
- Australian National Dictionary Centre, The Gold Rushes and Australian English: a resource for researchers, teachers and students, Australian National University, 2005, http://www.anu.edu.au/andc/res/aus_words/gold/index.php. Details
- This material is provided by the Australian National Dictionary Centre, a joint project of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press Australia.
(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
June 4, 1853.
The weather during the last few days has been unusually severe: sleet, snow, and rain have fallen almost uninterruptedly, the roads are in the most disgraceful condition, and the effort to reach the post office and the [Government] camp is a task to be overcome with difficulty, and only to be accomplished by wading through several running streams, and plunging into bogs innumerable. Happy is he who possesses a pair of long sea-boots, as without them there is no safety!
Argus, 13 June 1853
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