Sleepy Hollow Faithful

An early print of Geelong looking down Moorabool Street towards Melbourne. Believed to be by the colonial artist Guillame Langlois, the subject was an early Sleepy Hollow Faithful in formal attire. Submitted by The Wrapster.

About John Mosig

I'm an Aussie Rules tragic who can remember, as a four year old, shaking the hand of Captain Blood in the rooms just before he ran out onto the ground after half time, as my Old Man slipped him a packet of under-the-counter Craven A cork tipped. Now it's my turn to take my grandson Ben through the ritual of character building that is the journey through PUNT ROAD to the outside world.


  1. Wrong Wrapster, read between the lines; check out the colours.

    Its the ‘Joffa’ of the Melbourne cheer squad on a reccy prior to the first game between the Dees and the Pivotonians.

    All the working class Cats are hand splitting shingles at the Belmont timber yards or out letting foxes go on one of the fine wool holdings for the next hunt. Baw Haw!

  2. The Wrap says

    Dear Mr Phanton. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention. In fact we were a bit reluctant to put the picture up. There’s been quite a bit of controversy over the print – over the years. Apart from your analysis, there are contentions that it’s actually Lygon Street looking towards the Melbourne Cemetery, and the building on the right is Percy’s Pub. The subject in this instance is claimed to be a M. de la Ratten, the proprietor of a chain of haberdashery stores across the infant colony. Here in the Wrapcave we are aware of the controversy – in deed controversies – surrounding this fine example of early colonial art. We hold no fast views at to its origins and are happy to explore every possibility as to who the subject could be.

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