On the Clarence River, in the north of New South Wales, Australia, Grafton received city status in 1885.
Christmas Morning (1885) by British painter Charles William Mansel Lewis
Today is the 175th anniversary of the first publication of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The book was written in only six weeks, and had sold out by Christmas Eve.
With two weeks to go until Christmas, here is a Victorian Christmas card from Nova Scotia in Canada.
H.M.S. Electra, struck by a “whirlwind” on the passage from Auckland, New Zealand to Sydney, New South Wales on the 20th of November 1856.