“The battalion had its orders. It carried them out. The loss in going forward or holding on was always great, but retirement at any of the critical periods in April and May or August would have meant annihilation.

Such bravery as was shown by officers and men in these engagements could hardly be conceived as being possible in human nature. It was that bravery which saved the troops at Anzac from disaster.”


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More shots shattered the peaceful night air, he slowed, then, as he came within sight of the front of the pub, “BANG” again, this time it was accompanied by the sound of shattering glass and noisy commotion from within the pub. As the tall policeman eyeballed the situation he noticed the older dogger standing in front of the pub door with a rifle at his shoulder.

Without noise the policeman approached the drunken wild man and pushed the barrel of his service revolver hard into the doggers ear and warned him to “put the rifle down. Now!”

That must have been quite a sight to the observer, the main dirt street had been dimly lit by carbide lanterns from the mines so one can imagine a surreal scene that only the far away Australian outback can offer.

With the cold steel of a hand gun barrel pressed hard in his ear the dogger no longer was the big wheel holding all the cards.

Please don’t shoot me, please!


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The term 'East End' was first applied to the districts immediately to the east of, and entirely outside, the medieval walled City of London and north of the River Thames; these included Whitechapel and Stepney. By the late 19th century, the East End roughly corresponded to the Tower division of Middlesex, which from 1900 formed the metropolitan boroughs of Stepney, Bethnal Green, Poplar and Shoreditch in the County of London. Today it corresponds to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the southern part of Hackney.[4]

[The] invention about 1880 of the term 'East End' was rapidly taken up by the new halfpenny press, and in the pulpit and the music hall ... A shabby man from Paddington, St Marylebone or Battersea might pass muster as one of the respectable poor. But the same man coming from Bethnal Green, Shadwell or Wapping was an 'East Ender', the box of Keating's bug powder must be reached for, and the spoons locked up. In the long run this cruel stigma came to do good. It was a final incentive to the poorest to get out of the 'East End' at all costs, and it became a concentrated reminder to the public conscience that nothing to be found in the 'East End' should be tolerated in a Christian country.

The Nineteenth Century XXIV (1888)

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