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Moondyne Joe

‘”There is no gold in the western colony,” said the miners contemptuously; “let the convicts keep the land – but let them observe our red line.”

So the convicts took the defamed country, and lived and died there, and others were transported there from England to replace those that died, and every year the seething ships gave up their addition to the terrible population.

In time the western colony came to be regarded as a plague-spot, where no man thought of going, and no man did go unless sent in irons.’

John Boyle O’Reilly, ‘Moondyne’, 1880.

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