Item #5000505 Colonial Sketches: or, Five Years in South Australia, with Hints to Capitalists and Emigrants. Robert HARRISON.
Colonial Sketches: or, Five Years in South Australia, with Hints to Capitalists and Emigrants.

Colonial Sketches: or, Five Years in South Australia…
Colonial Sketches: or, Five Years in South Australia, with Hints to Capitalists and Emigrants.

London: Hall, Virtue & Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne, William Kaye, 1862.

Small octavo; a very good copy in original green cloth, decorated in blind.

Said to have been deliberately destroyed by the Angas family

Critical account of South Australia as a destination for British emigrants, by a commercial traveller resident in the colony from 1856-61.

Critical account of South Australia as a destination for British emigrants, by a commercial traveller resident in the colony from 1856-61.

Robert Harrison came to South Australia on business and stayed longer than intended. He stresses the neutrality of his position in the preface: 'I have to explain that I do not write in the spirit of a disappointed emigrant, but as one who has calmly inquired into all particulars connected with South Australia, without being the victim of its commercial depression or unfortunate speculations of any kind whatsoever'. But what follows is a wholesale condemnation of the colony, from the cost of living and lack of fresh foodstuffs through to the pompous political system. Based on Harrison's description, any prospective emigrant would be wary indeed.

Ferguson records that Edward Petherick annotated his own copy with the following observation 'Every copy available was purchased and destroyed by the Angas family.' This is a reference to the family of George Fife Angas, the founding father who sunk a good portion of his personal fortune in the South Australian Company, and accordingly sought to minimise the damage caused by Harrison's vitriolic book.

Provenance: Rodney Davidson (Melbourne collector, with bookplate).

Ferguson, 10265.

Price (AUD): $835.00

US$579.12   Other currencies

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