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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