Valentine’s Day

Spare a thought for the postmen of 1839 delivering the ‘hot’ correspondence across the city for Valentine’s Day. The Sydney Monitor and Commercial Advertiser did.

Valentine's Day 1839

The Illustrated Australian News of 21 February 1883 depicted another delivery method to apparently anxious 19th century women.

Illustrated Australian News


Will you, old turnip, be my Valentine?


Sixty years ago, The Mail (Adelaide) printed a few, somewhat different, valentine verses of in cartoon form.  Here’s one example:

Another verse in the same set of cartoons, if you can manage it ….. from a ‘country boy’

Dear Sarah, be my Valentine

I’ll share my wealth if you’ll be mine.

And in your beaut new satin blouse

Oh you’d look bonzer* milking cows.

Bonzer– excellent.

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On 9 February 1938, The Queenslander published two Modern Valentines by “Den”, a somewhat more experienced poet.  “Den” was C J Dennis (1876-1938) who gave Australia The Sentimental Bloke.  How could you resist?  “Will you, old turnip, be my Valentine?”  You will see that her response was equally amusing – “I’ve had you tabbed for ages” and “Why all the drivel?”   Happy Valentine’s Day.