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45 John Leech British 1817-1864
Three etchings from two issues of Punch's Pocket Book, a "travel-sized" annual publication based on the British satirical magazine Punch. It included an almanac, cash account log, a daily diary, business information, short stories, poetry, and cartoons. The Pocket Book was illustrated by prominent illustrators, including John Leech. Ref: Bandeis Uni., USA.
(1) [Punch's Pocket Book Cover] 1854
Hand-coloured etching, title and date in plate, 12.1 x 8cm (paper). Slight soiling.

(2) Alarming Prospect
The Single Ladies Off To The Diggings, 1853. Hand-coloured etching, captioned and titled in plate, accompanied with page of letterpress including date, 13.5 x 21.6cm. Slight foxing.
Captions include "A likely start indeed!" Letterpress includes "The gold has been discovered and away go all the ladies to the diggings, despising the humble fortune of resident lovers." From Follies of the Year: a series of coloured etchings from Punch's Pocket Books, 1844-1864.

(3) Topsy Turvey, Or Our Antipodes c1854
Hand-coloured etching, captioned and titled in plate, annotated "1854" in pencil below image, 12.1 x 22.2cm (paper). Soiling, slight tears and wear to edges, old folds as issued.
Captions include "Now then, you Master of Arts! Look sharp with that pale ale."
The group $1,350

46 Samuel Thomas Gill Australian 1818-1880
Oriental Bank, Pitt St, Sydney, c1854. Hand-coloured lithograph, initial led with text including title in image lower left to right, 9.8 x 14.6cm. Laid down on original backing.
Text reads "Allen & Wigley Lith., George [Street]." The Oriental Bank Corporation was established in 1851 in India and soon became a multinational network with a head office in London. It was one of the banks to become widely established in Australia in the 1850s, due to the gold rush. At the time, Chinese miners, labourers and traders in Australia used the bank's facilities as a more secure means of transferring money back to China. The Oriental Bank closed in 1882. Ref: Jones, British Multinational Banking, 1830-1990; Aust. Business Review, 18 Nov., 2013.

47 You'll Be Transported When Your Lawful Wife Returns c1855
Hand-coloured lithograph, title below image, 14.6 x 20.4cm. Time staining, creases and paper loss to margins.
Text reads "Published for the proprietor by S. Knights, Sweetings Alley, Cornhill. Standidge & Co. Litho, London." There were 164,000 convicts transported from Great Britain to Australia from 1788 to 1868. Ref: Wiki.

48 Island Of St Paul Sketched From The Ship "Ivanhoe" On Her Voyage To Australia 1855
Oil on paper, captioned, dated "Thursday, 15 Feb, 1855" and signed in ink and pencil on backing below image, 17.8 x 26.8cm. Minor stains, tipped to original backing. Framed.
Captions include "Lat. 38-47 South. Long. 77-52 East. Off Gravesend [UK], 2 Dec, 54. Arrived off Williamstown, Vic, Mar. 6, 55." The Ivanhoe would have passed Île St Paul, part of the French Southern and Antarctic lands in the Indian Ocean, on its voyages from the UK to Australia. Ref: Wiki.

49 Samuel Thomas Gill Australian 1818-1880
Circular Quay, Sydney [From The Series "Scenery In And Around Sydney"], 1856. Hand-coloured tinted lithograph, initialled, date and title in image lower left to right, 15.7 x 22cm. Old mount burn.
Text reads "Allen & Wigley, Lith., Syd." Illustrated in Bowden, Samuel Thomas Gill, Artist, 1971, p86. During his eight years in Sydney, Gill completed a number of lithographs of the city's environs.

50 Gold Fields Around Eureka [Ballarat] Victoria c1860
Group of 14 pencil sketches, some annotated "Eureka" and dated "28 April, '60" lower right, 14.1 x 23.5cm (paper, approx. each). Stains, soiling, cockling.

Eureka was one of the major gold fields in Victoria and became known for a rebellion in 1854 by the local gold miners of Ballarat, Victoria. They revolted against the British colonial authority, which was enforcing rising fees for gold licences. The Battle of the Eureka Stockade lasted for less than half an hour and resulted in the deaths of at least 27 people, the majority of whom were rebels. Ref: Wiki.
The group $6,600

51 The Gold Digger's Polka c1860s
Sheet music, toned lithograph cover, signed "A. Arnst" lower right, 35.1 x 25.5cm. Slight soiling, stains and crinkles, small tears and chips to edges, old paper tape to spine.
Text reads "London, Cramer, Beale & Co. Edinburgh, Wood & Co., Glasgow, J.M. Wood & Co. Schenck & McFarlane, Lith'rs, Edin[burgh]."

52 "Under A Burning Sun"...
..."The Boys And The Girls" and "No One To Welcome Me Home" [Three Song Lyrics], c1860s. Letterpress leaflet, 24.6 x 18.7cm (paper). Repaired tears and missing portions. Laid down with acid-free tissue.
The lyrics of the song Under A Burning Sun appear to refer to the gold rush in Australia, where the protagonist of the song makes his fortune by toiling "under the burning sun", before returning home to Great Britain. The lyrics begin with "Some years ago I set sail for / a land across the sea, / where I was told, that heaps of gold / and fortune waited me..."

53 W.H. Raworth Brit./Aust./NZ c1821-1904
St Michael's Arch, NSW [Avalon], c1860s. Watercolour, signed lower left, obscured title in colour pencil verso, 34.2 x 56.5cm. Tear to left portion of image, slight scuffs and foxing to upper portion.
The top of the arch collapsed during a "tremendous gale that lashed the coast for days" in 1867. The remainder deteriorated in 1959. Ref: Daily Telegraph, 10 April 2014.

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