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© Warren Fahey




A large and varied programme of amusements is advertised for the Prince of Wales Birthday (Saturday), and should the weather prove fine, the day will be almost universally devoted to festivities. The races at Randwick will prove attractive to many holiday folks. Lovers of acquatic sports will have their tastes provided for by the Balmain Regatta, of which a full racing card for both rowing and sailing boats is announced. The first event is to be started at half-past 10 o’clock. Another feature of the day’s amusements will be the annual grand picnic of the German Associa-tion at Correy’s Tea Gardens, Botany; the German Band will be on the ground, and dancing and sports of various kinds will take place; omnibuses are to ply every few minutes from 9 o’clock in the morning, returning from Botany from 4 p.m.

For the new pavilion on the grounds of the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel, Botany, the City Band of twelve performers has been engaged, and the whole of the pavilion is to be thrown open for dancing purposes. The original Australian Blondin is to give some high-rope performances, and besides Barry O’Neill and a Star Company are to give an open-air theatrical programme ; so that Botany will probably attract a large gathering. As usual there are to be numerous harbour excursions. A popular family picnic is advertised to take place at Chowder Bay.

Five or six steamers are to ply from the Circular Quay and Woolloomooloo Bay during the course of the day, and on the pleasure grounds the excursionists are to be entertained by the Australian Wizard, Barker’s New Variety Troupe, the Star and X.L.C.R. Minstrels, and the Parramatta Volunteer Band. Among the more private picnics will be one under the auspices of the Young Men’s Christian Association to Vaucluse, the first steamer leaving the Circular Quay at 9 : and another in connection with the Bathurst-street Baptist Sunday-School to Pearl Bay, Middle Harbour, the first steamer leaving the Quay at 8 o’clock.

For Manly Beach, Clontarf, Watson’s Bay, Fern Bay, and other waterside localities, steamers are advertised for the conveyance of excursionists. Those who are fond of cricket will have an opportunity of seeing the Alberts and Warwicks play on the Association ground at Moore Park.

A cheap excursion train to Bowral leaves Sydney at ten minutes to 8 o’clock in the morning, and the excursionists will have an opportunity of taking part in a grand bazaar in aid of the new Wesleyan church at Bowral. The fine new steamship Richmond is advertised to take excur-tionists to Sans Souci, George’s River. In the evening the theatres and other places of amusement will be open to the public.

There is to be a gathering on the Albert Ground” under the aupices of the auctioneers Richardsoa and Wrench, who are to dispose of by sale a piece of ground that has formed, and might have continued to form, a park and breathing space in close contiguity to those very “delightful and healthy” suburbs of Redfern and Waterloo. Preparations for pleasure are being made at Botany, both on the grounds of the hotel and the Tea Gardens. There is to be an excursion trip to Newcastle, sports at Coogee Bay, special trips up the Parra-matta River, and a moonlight excursion to Manly.

[From The Sydney Morning Herald, 8th November, 1878.]