Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago…. James DEMARR.
Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago…
Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago…

Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago…
Adventures in Australia Fifty Years Ago…

London: Swan Sonnenschein, 1893.

Octavo, 368pp., colour folding map and 14 plates; maroon cloth, gilt title to spine,

A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia.

A compelling and vivid autobiographical narrative of travels in colonial Australia.
John Demarr, a Yorkshire farmer, arrived in Sydney in 1839 and travelled extensively through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland working variously as a drover, storeman and stockman. The work is replete with vignettes of rural life in Australia and descriptions of the prevailing economic and social conditions. Demarr, a sympathetic observer, shows an uncharacteristic concern for the convicts and native population: 'I have gone up to a black's fire, where three or four were seated, filling my pipe with tobacco; at once, one or two would rise, and offer me a fire stick, with which to light the pipe. How many boors are there in England, either in town or country, who would do such a thing, or even think of doing it?'
Generously illustrated and lucidly written, this is a charming narrative as well as a valuable item of Australian social history. It is worth noting that the List of Illustrations calls for 15 plates (14 plates including the frontispiece and one textual illustration); there is also a folding map.

Ferguson, 9086; Walsh & Hooton, 'Australian Autobiographical Narratives: to 1850', 69.

Price (AUD): $750.00  other currencies     Ref: #3812955

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