South Australia in 1837; in a series of letters with a postscript as to 1838. Robert GOUGER.
South Australia in 1837; in a series of letters with a postscript as to 1838.

South Australia in 1837; in a series of letters with a postscript as to 1838.

London: Harvey and Darton, 1838.

Octavo, a very good copy with previous owner's name clipped from top margin of the title-page; in attractive recent half crushed tan morocco gilt.

First edition, and an interesting early work on South Australia. Robert Gouger (1802-1846) was a keen promoter of the new colony of South Australia who worked tirelessly encouraging emigration for all classes with various government and private offices in England. In 1834 the South Australian Act was passed and in 1835 Gouger became Colonial Secretary and sailed to Adelaide with his bride; only to meet with disgrace, arrest and prompt dismissal after a brawl. He returned to London and was eventually reinstated by the Colonization Commission.

First edition, and an interesting early work on South Australia. Robert Gouger (1802-1846) was a keen promoter of the new colony of South Australia who worked tirelessly encouraging emigration for all classes with various government and private offices in England. In 1834 the South Australian Act was passed and in 1835 Gouger became Colonial Secretary and sailed to Adelaide with his bride; only to meet with disgrace, arrest and prompt dismissal after a brawl. He returned to London and was eventually reinstated by the Colonization Commission.

This book, the result of a decade of interest in schemes to colonize Western and South Australia, was written on Gouger's return from that somewhat unsatisfactory stay in Adelaide, then plagued by party factions. Nonetheless, in his descriptions the author's praise of the new settlement continued undaunted. Each 'Letter' discusses a different aspect of life in South Australia, and the chapter on "The Natives" contains interesting and early examples of early interactions. Other chapters include "Practical Hints Previous to Emigration".

Ferguson, 2497.

Price (AUD): $500.00

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