Nine Years in Van Diemen's Land… An Essay on Prison Discipline… with Anecdotes of Bushrangers…. J. SYME.
Nine Years in Van Diemen's Land… An Essay on Prison Discipline… with Anecdotes of Bushrangers…

Nine Years in Van Diemen's Land… An Essay on Prison Discipline… with Anecdotes of Bushrangers…

Dundee: W. Middleton, 1848.

Duodecimo, some toning, bookplate of Charles R.J. Glover; a very good copy in the original green ribbed cloth, fraying at the hinges and a few bumps.

Charming account of Tasmania in the 1830s and 1840s

One of the better and most detailed accounts of life in Tasmania, based on the experiences of a settler who arrived from Liverpool in 1836, and full of interesting anecdotes about everyday life in the colony.

One of the better and most detailed accounts of life in Tasmania, based on the experiences of a settler who arrived from Liverpool in 1836, and full of interesting anecdotes about everyday life in the colony.

Syme is particularly good on farming, agriculture and natural history, and his intimate observations and monthly reports on conditions in Tasmania give a lively insight into the colony, much in the tradition of White's famous account of Selbourne. The account is full of revealing comments such as 'the bondicoot is a mischievous little visitor to potatoe grounds'. Syme was also employed in the prisons system for five years, and his extensive notes are a far cry from abstract theorising, with all manner of stories and examples drawn from his personal experience. His "Essay on Prison Discipline" includes potted biographies of many more notable Tasmanian convicts. Syme returned to the United Kingdom on the Tamar in 1847 and published this work shortly after.

Ferguson, 4929.

Price (AUD): $1,500.00

US$1,112.72   Other currencies

Ref: #4107026