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I'll tell you a story not many would know
of mid-Australian history a local museum has on show.

It's a maritime story not of convict ship or trader,
but of our relationship with a Confederate Raider.

Not politically correct given Britain prohibited slavery,
in a quiet southern colony however the crew were celebrity.

Our indigenous folk treated then with contempt
like the native American in his buffalo hide tent.

At Williamstown, west of Melbourne for refit and supplies
as Yankee blockades of their own ports had access denied.

The Union requested the ship be placed under arrest,
the Governer declined as recorded history can attest.

We've had our fair share of outlaw, intrigue and drama's
most of it due to commoners, miners and farmers.

This with some difference courtesy of her officers so friendly,
a welcome distraction for our high born and gentry.

The crew were guest's in house and in manor
and a great ball hosted at Ballarat in their honor.

Fond memories I'm sure they had of both party and feast
too easily forgotten with eventual news of defeat.

By the U.S. we were charged, compromising our neutrality,
the World Court awarded a mighty sum in due penalty.

Open on Sunday accross the mouth of the Yarra River,
history of old Williamtown and the CSS Shenanoah.

Coming from an Anglo-Celtic backgroud I have an interest in English history though being of a working class environment my interest is higher than general knowledge but not so accute as to be termed historian.
I can be somewhat political & playing the Devil's Advocate on occasions gives people a false perception of my ideals.

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The following comments are for "Southern Cross Grays (Revised)"
by ozpink

Thanks again
Something I've been wanting to know. What was the Civil War really about?
The slavery issue has pretty much over shadowed popular belief, but Mr. Lincoln didn't make his proclamation till the war was well & truely on. Washington must have done something to have the southern states so enraged, deminishing state autonomy or higher duties/taxes on goods manufactered in slave states?
I just can't believe an anti slavery wish list that had not actually been implimented would have triggered such a responce.

( Posted by: ozpink [Member] On: January 14, 2004 )

Glad you did...
...write a book. I am thankful I asked the right person & have printed that one off.
I was particularly impressed by the parallel you made with the righteousness of all wars. It exhibits a level of humility Americans are not famous for from a foreign perspective, which is not to say I am not envious of some aspects of your sense of national identity.
I will resist the temptation to ramble on about national self reflection here & note it as a topic for a future submission.

Thanks again Claire.

( Posted by: ozpink [Member] On: January 15, 2004 )

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