Item #5000636 A Month in the Bush of Australia. Journal of one of a party of Gentlemen who recently travelled from Sydney to Port Philip; with some remarks on the Present State of the Farming Establishments and Society in the Settled Parts of the Argyle Country. Thomas WALKER.
A Month in the Bush of Australia. Journal of one of a party of Gentlemen who recently travelled from Sydney to Port Philip; with some remarks on the Present State of the Farming Establishments and Society in the Settled Parts of the Argyle Country.

A Month in the Bush of Australia…
A Month in the Bush of Australia. Journal of one of a party of Gentlemen who recently travelled from Sydney to Port Philip; with some remarks on the Present State of the Farming Establishments and Society in the Settled Parts of the Argyle Country.

London: J. Cross… Simpkin and Marshall, 1838.

Octavo; an excellent copy in later half calf.

From Sydney to Melbourne on horseback in 1837

A fine copy of this extremely scarce book, seldom seen on the market. The Australian travel account was published anonymously in London and 'intended only for the Writer's own Family… being a literal copy of the original' (Preface). The private nature of the publication must account for the book's considerable modern rarity.

A fine copy of this extremely scarce book, seldom seen on the market. The Australian travel account was published anonymously in London and 'intended only for the Writer's own Family… being a literal copy of the original' (Preface). The private nature of the publication must account for the book's considerable modern rarity.

Thomas Walker's Month in the Bush is one of very few early and personal accounts of travel between Sydney and Melbourne, and one of the earliest extended descriptions of settled Melbourne. Its author was a Scottish settler who built a most successful career in Sydney as a merchant and banker: his beautiful estate building Yaralla still stands on the Parramatta River at Concord, and, on the next point, the famous Thomas Walker Convalescent Hospital, built in the 1890s and long associated with Walker's philanthropist daughter Dame Edith Walker.

This intriguing narrative dates from Walker's early career in Australia, after he had set off from Sydney in 1837 on horseback with three friends to travel to the newly-settled city of Melbourne, following the overland discoveries of Hume and Hovell. It was an expedition in search of business opportunities and led to Walker purchasing 'four Bourke Street blocks… and 12,700 acres in the Port Phillip district' (ADB). Walker's journal account gives a fascinating and factual day-to-day account of life on the road, and the individuals encountered en route.

::

Ferguson, 2667.

Condition Report: Title-page very faintly dusted, but fine.

Price (AUD): $10,500.00

US$6,907.00   Other currencies

Ref: #5000636

Condition Report