Expedition to Manly Cove encounters aboriginals feasting on beached whale. 'Baneelon' - Bennelong? -appears among them. Extended encounter ends with Governor Phillip being speared by a 'stranger' aborigine.
A Trepang fisherman near Cooktown encounters survivors of prison break from New Caledonia, including a woman, her dead husband, and the corpse of the man she says murdered her husband and also practiced cannibalism. The corpse keeps returning with the tide.
Bush girl left alone while the district is at a dance is threatened by two murderous sailors, rescued by a bushranger, and manages to help him leave the sailors for the law without being captured himself.
Noble ex-alcoholic remittance man dried out by scheming shanty-keeper in hopes of marrying her daughters richly, falls in love with one daughter and proposes after learning he has succeeded to a title and wealth, but she disbelieves it, turns him down for a local squatter who seems a better prospect, and he drinks himself to death. Similar themes are found in Campbell-Praed's 'The Lost Earl of Ellam' and Boothby's 'The Marriage of Esther: A Torres Straits Sketch'
Alcoholic trooper who buried a drunken man still actually alive discovers an illicit still, but cannot get promotion for the find because it is run by the 'legally dead' man he buried, who threatens to expose him.