Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine, from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland. Compiled from the Journals of the Brothers…. CAPE YORK, Frank JARDINE, Alexander, ERLEY.

Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine…
Narrative of the Overland Expedition of the Messrs. Jardine, from Rockhampton to Cape York, Northern Queensland. Compiled from the Journals of the Brothers…

Brisbane: J.W. Buxton, 1867.

Octavo, photographic portrait frontispiece, single lithographic plate and a large folding map at the rear; in original cloth inscribed 'presented by the author January 1870'.

Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph of the brothers Frank and Alexander Jardine.

Rare narrative of an important inland expedition across far north Queensland and Cape York, with an original mounted sepia frontispiece photograph of the brothers Frank and Alexander Jardine.

This is the first edition of the 'official' narrative of the expedition, edited by Frederick Byerley from the journals kept by the Jardine brothers. Their 1864-5 expedition is recognized as one of the most adventurous and successful in the history of inland exploration. The two young brothers brought a large herd of cattle and all their men through to the very tip of Cape York, across land that had been traversed with such tragic results by Edmund Kennedy only fifteen years before. In the process, the brothers entered vast areas of unexplored wilderness and revealed promising stretches of good pasture. The party were in regular conflict with Aborigines, and lost most of their horses after they grazed upon poisonous plants. Surprisingly, Of the original herd of 250 cattle, only some 50 perished.

In acknowledgement of their hardship and achievement, the Jardine brothers were admitted as members of the Royal Geographical Society and awarded its prestigious Murchison grant. Frank Jardine remained a pastoralist in north Queensland and later became an active figure in emerging pearling industry. He married Sana Sola, niece of the Samoan king Moliatoa, and died of leprosy in 1919.

This rare book records one of the most remarkable personal achievements in Australia's history, the success of which was critical to subsequent settlement in the remote north-east of Australia. This copy includes the lithographic plate of Somerset (Cape York), noted by Wantrup as absent in some copies.

Holden 'Photography in Colonial Australia', 15; Wantrup, 185.

Price (AUD): $6,400.00  other currencies     Ref: #3905171

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