Richard Rowe (1828-1879), under the pseudonym Peter Possum, wrote a semi-regular column titled “Country Comments on Passing Events”. It was literary and observational in style and very popular.
A collection of his various writings – including poetry, translations and essays was published in 1858, under the title Peter ‘Possum’s Portfolio. It reproduces the two part essay that was earlier published without a byline on two consecutive weeks in the Sydney Morning Herald.
- “Country comments on passing events”, Sydney Morning Herald, 9 November, 1857 – (an essay about the Sydney suburb of Balmain and cricket),
- “A Trip up the Hunter: How I started for Muswellbrook and only got to Maitland’, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 January 1856
- “A Trip up the Hunter: Pocketed At Last”, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 February, 1856.
- “Country comments on passing events”, 9 March, 1857, Sydney Morning Herald, (an account of coach travel in Sydney)
‘A Trip Up The Hunter’ comprises chapters 1 and 2 of Rowe’s anthology, Peter ‘Possum’s Portfolio (1858), JR Clarke, Sydney.
When Rowe returned to Britain in 1858, his departure from Australia’s journalism community was lamented.
“Death of Peter Possum”, Obituary, Queenslander, 14 February 1880,