Notes and Sketches of New South Wales, during a residence in that Colony from 1839 to 1844. Mrs. Charles MEREDITH.
Notes and Sketches of New South Wales, during a residence in that Colony from 1839 to 1844.
Notes and Sketches of New South Wales, during a residence in that Colony from 1839 to 1844.

Notes and Sketches of New South Wales, during a residence in that Colony from 1839 to 1844.

London: John Murray, 1844.

Small octavo, 164 pp., half title, one page of illustrations; in modern tan calf, gilt.

Bathurst and Homebush by a great woman naturalist

A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an account of her early years in Bathurst and Homebush, west of Sydney.

A fine and engaging work by Louisa Anne Meredith, better known for her long and industrious career in Tasmania, but here publishing an account of her early years in Bathurst and Homebush, west of Sydney.

'A memorable description of the poignancy of leave-taking and of the difficulties of the voyage. The Merediths spent some time in Sydney, where Louisa was an acute observer of the social scene' (Walsh & Hooton). The defining feature of her account is her quite remarkable eye for detail, which shows to advatange in a long chapter on the Aborigines of the Bathurst region, and throughout the work on her excellent notes on native wildlife, most notably parrots, the botany of New South Wales and, unusually, insects. The work includes a page of illustrations of what she calls "insect architecture".

Ferguson, 3865; Walsh & Hooton, 'Australian Autobiographical Narratives: 1850-1900', I, 163.

Price (AUD): $550.00  other currencies Ref: #4107589

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