Item #4107007 Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River… [bound with] Further Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River…. SWAN RIVER, BRITISH PARLIAMENT.

Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River… [bound with] Further Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River…

London: 28 February 1831 and 31 March, 1831.

Two works bound together, foolscap folio, 30 & 19 pp. respectively; in handsome modern red quarter morocco, gilt.

Earliest official reports from Swan River: Stirling, Roe, Dale & Irwin

Two very rare reports, setting out the earliest official information on the Swan River colony to be published in England. The reports were published within a fortnight of each other in 1831, and print a wealth of information from the new colony.

Two very rare reports, setting out the earliest official information on the Swan River colony to be published in England. The reports were published within a fortnight of each other in 1831, and print a wealth of information from the new colony.

The first report begins with a list of the vessels sent to Swan River (headed by the Parmelia), the salaries of the main officials, and a long and informative dispatch from Governor Stirling to Sir George Murray. The report concludes with abstracts of settlers from the General Muster Book, other settlers, and a list of land claims.

The second report is even more detailed, printing material by some of the most important settlers. Of note is a letter from Stirling, two succinct but important reports of inland exploration, including one to Cape Leeuwin, undertaken by the indefatigable John Septimus Roe, and a third report by Lieutenant Dale, the officer responsible for the famous King George's Sound (then part of the Swan River Colony) panorama, but here describing an expedition east of the Darling Mountains. The report concludes with a fourth notice of a series of attacks made on Lieutenant Dale's party by local tribesmen, written by F. C. Irwin of the 63rd Regiment.

Ferguson, 1439 & 1440.

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