Excerpt from Under the Southern Cross The following tes of a holiday tour in Australia appeared originally in the columns of the Madras Mail, and it is at the suggestion of some of the subscribers to that journal that they are w reproduced in the present form. In view of the more frequent communication between India and Australia which will be brought about by the fortnightly mail service, to be inaugurated in January next, it is t improbable that many residents in India will be tempted to spend an occasional holiday in the colonies instead of journeying to England, as w, whenever a change of climate is sought for the benefit of health. The voyage from Galle to Melbourne occupies about the same time as that from Bombay to London, via Brindisi; it is free from the heat-discomforts and risks to health incidental to the passage through the Red Sea; and, lastly, it is t expensive, the return passage between Bombay and Melbourne by P. and O. Steamer being 72. The information given in these pages will, it is hoped, direct attention to the advantages of a closer intercourse, commercial and otherwise, between India and Australia. The Bombay Chamber of Commerce, in inviting contributions for the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, remark: - The Committee of the Chamber of Commerce are of opinion that this movement is of great importance to India, whose products and manufactures are practically unkwn in Australia. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.