rush boys, rush to ….

June 28, 2010

Do you remember the song – ‘rush boys, rush – rush to Sovereign Hill’?  I’ve just been there for 3 days with Nim’s school camp.  It was an amazing educational experience – not just for the kids… but for me as well… Once you put on the costume of 1853 – you are IN that time – negotiating hooped skirts, and the cold and rain in a long dress and just a thin woollen cape to keep you warm. Walking up and down the hills in your boots…. It was a harsh time – when children were sick and didn’t survive, perhaps you were living on the edge of the goldfields in a tent… and our school m’aam was perfectly in character at all times.  I love the rhyme she taught us – “Good, better, best – never let it rest – until your good is better – and your better best….” From the very start – she seemed stern and even mean, but that meant the children were so well behaved and well mannered… which was easy to get used to…. When was the last time a boy tipped his hat to you and let you go through a door first? The older girls were reminded that they didn’t need an education as they’d be getting married soon enough!  I loved the doctor that came to check the children for ailments and recommended such things as rotten apples on the eyes for eye problems and a fresh cow manure poultice on the chest at night for a bad cough (and there were plenty of kids with that!)  Other highlights – lots of gold specks were found when panning for gold and I held a genuine gold ingot worth $140,000!  Highly recommended if you ever have the chance to visit and especially if it’s the camp experience….

I was so taken with this rhyme about Grammar – I have to share it –

“The Nine Parts of Speech”
Three little words you often see, Are Articles – a, and and the.
A Noun’s the name of any thing, As school, or garden, hoop or swing.
Adjectives tell the kind of Noun, As great, small, pretty, white or brown.
Instead of Nouns the Pronouns stand – John play’d with Jane; he hurt her hand.
Verbs tell of something to be done – To read, count, sing, laugh, jump or run.
How things are done the Adverbs tell, As slowly, quickly, ill or well.
Conjunctions join the words together – As men and women, wind or weather.
The preposition stands before – A Noun, as on or through the door.
The interjection shows surprise, As oh! how pretty – ah! how wise.
The whole are called Nine Parts of Speech, Which proper speaking, writing teach…  (From “A Catechism of the Rudiments of Knowledge, especially adapted for Australian Beginners” 1861)



  1. Who smuggled the camera in?

  2. You look in the zone.

  3. …and also cold.

  4. sounds fantastic Jo- It must be amazing to get a real sense of what is was like to live in those conditions, with those world views.. And they think modern natural alternatives are wierd! You both look a little shell shocked!

  5. Hi Jo, I,m glad you found Souvereign Hill so awesome, they do it particularly well don’t they. Could so easily be twee, not here. Hannah has a deep fascination with the place and secretly wishes to live trhere i’m sure. Were you on the Noble Park High School trip where Nino Sipcic found a real nugget panning? I still have the fever from that.
    Currently sitting at the Phi Phi Island village, muggy and treatening monsoon rain,flying home tonight. Hope the rest of the Hols are great for you all, X

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