An old drunkard becomes the the means of some folk offloading worthless gold mining shares. However, when the mine again strikes gold, the old man is feted by those wishing to relieve him of the shares. Greed and manipulation do not always lead to success though.
Donovan the publican went to his grave, perhaps helped by the ministrations of his wife, and without those of a Christian minister. He loiters about his old, and subsequently razed, pub where he eventually strikes up a friendship with Dinny, who has correctly dreamed of the location of Donovan's fortune. Long years later, when Dinny also passes from the mortal world, their friendship continues.
Mrs. Mullally, tall, muscular and with a beard and moustache, owned the local 'shanty-house' and kept it in order with her poweful arms and sharp tongue. However, when typhoid surfaces in the town, the locals see a side of her that only a few down-on their-luck people had ever known.
Fifty-Twoi"'Here, take a seat, old fellow, on the stool; come now, draw in,",J. C. F. Johnson,
1889single work poetry
A group of gold miners learn that it does not pay to offend the landlady of the local pub, as she fails to invite them to her lavish Christmas lunch. However, they devise a way to exact revenge, and a plum pudding.
When Double Bower Dick's young son, Bantam, goes missing, the locals cast suspicion upon the vegetable gardener, Ah Chung, with whom the boy had developed a friendship. Persuaded by level-headed Sydney Chester to search for the boy before acting on their decision to lynch the gardener, the locals uncover many hidden secrets as well as finding Bantam.