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Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and Overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the Years 1840–1

Journals of Expeditions of Discovery into Central Australia, and Overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the Years 1840–1
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108038997

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  • In 1832, aged just seventeen, the future colonial governor Edward John Eyre (1815–1901) set sail from London for Australia. The farming life that awaited him laid the foundations of an enduring interest in the topography, anthropology and zoology of his adopted homeland. Following an initial expedition in 1839, in 1840 Eyre set out on his pioneering trek from Adelaide to Western Australia. The year-long adventure financially ruined the explorer, but won him the coveted gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society for discovering Lake Torrens. Published in 1845, this two-volume account of the expedition made Eyre a household name in Britain and fuelled popular interest in the former penal colony. It reveals the hardship experienced on the journey, including conflicts within the party, desperate searches for water, and the murder of an overseer. It concludes with a fascinating account of the celebratory aborigine reception that awaited the survivors.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108038997
    • dimensions: 217 x 140 x 62 mm
    • weight: 1.38kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Origin of the expedition
    2. First night's encampment with party
    3. Spring Hill
    4. Make arrangements for getting up stores from the Waterwitch
    5. Break up the encampment
    6. Causes of hostility of the natives
    7. Excursion to the north-east
    8. Proceed to the westward
    9. Boy speared by the natives
    10. Country between Streaky Bay and Baxter's Range
    11. Embark stores
    12. Land the stores and send the cutter to Denial Bay
    13. Future plans
    14. Proceed to the westward
    15. Return of Mr. Scott in the Hero
    16. Go back to meet the overseer
    17. Horses begin to knock up
    18. Go back with a native
    Appendix. Volume 2:
    1. The camp plundered
    2. Reflections upon situation
    3. Heavy road
    4. Go on board the Mississippi
    5. Large watercourse
    6. Concluding remarks
    Manners and Customs of the Aborigines of Australia:
    1. Preliminary remarks
    2. Physical appearance
    3. Food
    4. Property in land
    5. Ceremonies and superstitions
    6. Numbers
    7. Language, dialects, customs, etc.
    8. Effects of contact with Europeans
    9. Suggestions for improvement of system adopted towards the natives
    Explanation of the plates of native ornaments, weapons, implements, and works of industry.

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    Edward John Eyre

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