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Melbourne in the early 1850's bore all the appearance of a frontier town. These were gold rush days, and few were immune to the lure of instant wealth. Material obsession left little appetite for religion. John Bunyan McCure declared, 'this is the country to try a man whether he is in the faith or not. If the root of the matter is not in him, he will soon be driven away from the profession he has made'. In this extract from his long out of print autobiography, Life in England and Australia, McCure recalls the hardships of those eventful times. Second in the series.