Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Asutralia in 1839. George HAMILTON.
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Asutralia in 1839.

Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago…
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Asutralia in 1839.

Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.

Octavo, with six woodcuts of sketches by the author; in modern half cloth.

The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and exhibited paintings in Adelaide's first two art exhibitions. In 1864 the Adelaide Advertiser praised his accurate renderings and said his drawings of horses "have no equals in the colony". Five of his drawings were engraved for Eyre's Journals of Discovery into Central Australia and, along with his contemporary S.T. Gill, his drawings were used to illustrate the published journals of Grey. He owned his own lithographic press and made prints from his drawings which made him, according to Robert Holden, probably the first print-maker in South Australia. In 1848 Hamilton was appointed second clerk in the Colonial Treasury, and subsequently entered the police force, serving as Commissioner of Police from 1867 to 1882.

The distinctly rare first edition of this account of Hamilton's experiences droving a herd of sheep from Port Philip to Adelaide. He settled in South Australia on his arrival in 1839, and exhibited paintings in Adelaide's first two art exhibitions. In 1864 the Adelaide Advertiser praised his accurate renderings and said his drawings of horses "have no equals in the colony". Five of his drawings were engraved for Eyre's Journals of Discovery into Central Australia and, along with his contemporary S.T. Gill, his drawings were used to illustrate the published journals of Grey. He owned his own lithographic press and made prints from his drawings which made him, according to Robert Holden, probably the first print-maker in South Australia. In 1848 Hamilton was appointed second clerk in the Colonial Treasury, and subsequently entered the police force, serving as Commissioner of Police from 1867 to 1882.

Price (AUD): $1,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #3403136

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