Item #4106339 Narrative of James Murrells' ("Jemmy Morrill") Seventeen Years' Exile among the wild blacks of North Queensland, and his life and shipwreck and terrible adventures among savage tribes; their manners, customs, languages, and superstitions; also Murrells' rescue and return to civilization. MURRELLS, Edmund GREGORY.

Narrative of James Murrells…
Narrative of James Murrells' ("Jemmy Morrill") Seventeen Years' Exile among the wild blacks of North Queensland, and his life and shipwreck and terrible adventures among savage tribes; their manners, customs, languages, and superstitions; also Murrells' rescue and return to civilization.

Brisbane: Edmund Gregory, 1896.

Small octavo, 45 pp., two photographic reproductions, original printed blue paper wrappers, preserved in a silk-lined green morocco box by Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

Seventeen years with the Aborigines of North Queensland

Rare nineteenth-century edition of an important account of the shipwreck of James Murrells and the subsequent seventeen years he spent living with an Aboriginal tribe near Mount Elliott on the Queensland coast south of Townsville. First published in 1863, this 1896 edition has an interesting foreword by the editor and Government Printer of Brisbane, Edmund Gregory.

Rare nineteenth-century edition of an important account of the shipwreck of James Murrells and the subsequent seventeen years he spent living with an Aboriginal tribe near Mount Elliott on the Queensland coast south of Townsville. First published in 1863, this 1896 edition has an interesting foreword by the editor and Government Printer of Brisbane, Edmund Gregory.

'In 1846, the ship Peruvian was wrecked on her way from Sydney to China. A raft conducted seven of the survivors to the shore near Cape Cleveland. Three died before they had been landed a fortnight. The others were then discovered by the blacks. When both sides had recovered their mutual astonishment and alarm, they made each other's acquaintance. The natives appeared to have treated them with kindness and consideration… After seventeen years wandering with the blacks, he eventually (in 1863) approached the fence of a sheep-yard… and, upon being challenged by the settlers, was able to find words to the effect that he was a shipwrecked seaman. His story was obtained from him with great difficulty, owing to his reticence. Examined by the Police Magistrate of Rockhampton "he contented himself with monosyllabic replies, and augmented rather than satisfied the thirst of his audience for information".' (Ferguson).

Ferguson, 13025; Greenway, 6873.

Condition Report: Very toned but the paper otherwise good; worn at the spine.

Price (AUD): $1,100.00

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