Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839. George HAMILTON.
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839.
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839.

Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago…
Experiences of a Colonist Forty Years Ago, and a Journey from Port Phillip to South Australia in 1839.

Adelaide: Frearson and Brother, 1879.

Octavo, frontispiece and five wood engraved plates, in the publisher's gilt lettered cloth, bumped.

Two important overland journeys from Port Phillip to Adelaide

A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The author, George Hamilton, worked as a grazier for many years before appointed an inspector of the mounted police in Adelaide in 1853. A prolific author and amateur artist, Hamilton was closely associated with Australian inland exploration and later attained the rank of police commissioner. This book relates early adventures including a detailed account of an overland journey from Port Phillip to Adelaide in the winter of 1839 with 350 head of cattle.

A scarce and informative account of grazing life in south-eastern Australia, with vibrant and conversational descriptions of Port Phillip and Adelaide. The author, George Hamilton, worked as a grazier for many years before appointed an inspector of the mounted police in Adelaide in 1853. A prolific author and amateur artist, Hamilton was closely associated with Australian inland exploration and later attained the rank of police commissioner. This book relates early adventures including a detailed account of an overland journey from Port Phillip to Adelaide in the winter of 1839 with 350 head of cattle.

Hamilton travelled the route used by Charles Bonney west from Port Phillip, following the coast until Lake Alexandrina and later crossing the Murray river at Wellington. With tremendous difficulty Bonney eventually reached Adelaide by traversing Mount Barker and the Lofty ranges to the east of the present-day city, having drunk the blood of a bullock for lack of water.

The author narrates a glum warning he received (and promptly ignored) against taking this route from a fellow at the Port Phillip Club - 'This person was of the tribe of those friends who revel in the misfortunes of their neighbours, who sit near the fire on cold blustering nights and hug themselves lovingly, feeling the comfort of their position…' Needless to say the journey was filled with danger and hardship, yet the author writes with good humour about his experiences in a vast and barely explored wilderness. His account is rich with descriptions of contact and trading with Aboriginal tribes, and is filled with curious natural history details and observations.

Ferguson, 10183.

Condition Report: A little rubbed and marked yet a very good copy.

Price (AUD): $1,350.00

US$994.61   Other currencies

Ref: #4107272

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