A Lecture on South Australia; Delivered Before the Members of the Chichester Mechanics' Institution, Nov. 27, 1837. Henry WATSON.
A Lecture on South Australia; Delivered Before the Members of the Chichester Mechanics' Institution, Nov. 27, 1837.
A Lecture on South Australia; Delivered Before the Members of the Chichester Mechanics' Institution, Nov. 27, 1837.

A Lecture on South Australia; Delivered Before the Members of the Chichester Mechanics' Institution, Nov. 27, 1837.

London: W. H. Mason, 1838.

Octavo, paper a little toned; bound in recent brown pebbled cloth, gilt.

"… the parrot was capital eating…"

Third Edition with an Appendix, containing the Regulations of the Commissioners and the dietary requirements for free emigrants. Watson's lecture is also notable for his insistence that to avoid the awful destruction of the Aborigines of the region, that they should be treated from the start as British citizens.

Third Edition with an Appendix, containing the Regulations of the Commissioners and the dietary requirements for free emigrants. Watson's lecture is also notable for his insistence that to avoid the awful destruction of the Aborigines of the region, that they should be treated from the start as British citizens.

This edition also contained for the first time extracts of letters from emigrants who had successfully established themselves in South Australia. Amongst them is John Barton Hack (1805-1884) farmer, merchant and accountant whose early jubilant letters to England were published here in part by the emigration agent Henry Watson, in order to encourage further settlement. Hack's long letter is in the form of diary entries, and gives an excellent overview of the early life of a settler: "I breakfasted this morning on damper and parrot, regular bush-fare; the parrot was capital eating." Apparently the diet agreed with Hack, for in May 1837 he also writes that he is fairly bursting out of his clothes.

Ferguson, 2669.

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