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  ― iii ―

Preface.

The matter within these covers was, without exception, originally written for—and first appeared in—THE BULLETIN newspaper (published at Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) by the men whose names are appended to their respective contributions. The issue of “A GOLDEN SHANTY” is chiefly due to the many requests made from time to time by BULLETIN readers in Australasia and abroad for the publication in handy form of a series of selections from the vast mass of matter of more than ephemeral interest which has appeared in that most popular and widely-circulated of Australasian publications. Encouraged by the success of “THE HISTORY OF BOTANY BAY,” reprinted in book-form from the columns of THE BULLETIN, the publishers have decided on issuing a number of cheap publications in somewhat similar shape, and now, ere a copy of the present volume has been seen by the public there is reason for believing that the sale of “A GOLDEN SHANTY” will even exceed that of “THE HISTORY OF BOTANY Bay,” so far the most successful Australian book ever issued from an Australian printing-office.

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