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Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, during the Years 1837, 38, and 39

Journals of Two Expeditions of Discovery in North-West and Western Australia, during the Years 1837, 38, and 39
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108043618

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  • Educated at Sandhurst, Sir George Grey (1812–98) became Governor of South Australia when he was not yet thirty. Later he served as Governor of New Zealand and High Commissioner for South Africa, and in the 1870s he enjoyed a period as premier of New Zealand. Although he liked to portray himself as 'good Governor Grey', some of his contemporaries found him ruthless and manipulative. Like many other Victorian administrators, he was convinced that the 'savage' natives needed to be 'improved' in order to become more like Europeans. In this 1841 publication, Grey writes about two expeditions to North-West Australia that took place under his leadership in 1837–9. While seeking a site for settlement the expeditions encountered difficulties, and on one occasion Grey was seriously wounded. The work reflects contemporary attitudes towards the colonies and their indigenous peoples, and was highly praised on its publication.

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    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108043618
    • dimensions: 215 x 140 x 56 mm
    • weight: 1.25kg
    • contains: 40 b/w illus. 6 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume I: Preface
    1. Commencement of the expedition. Teneriffe
    2. To Bahia and the Cape of Good Hope
    3. From the Cape of Good Hope to Hanover Bay
    4. Hanover Bay
    5. At Hanover Bay
    6. Hanover Bay and its vicinity
    7. Hanover Bay and its vicinity
    8. To the Glenelg River
    9. To the Upper Glenelg
    10. Return to Hanover Bay
    11. Natural History. Climate. Aborigines
    12. Physical geography. Commercial prospects
    13. At Swan River
    14. From Swan River to the shores of Sharks Bay
    15. The Gascoyne River
    16. To Kolaina and back to the Gascoyne
    17. From the Gascoyne to Gantheaume Bay. Volume 2:
    1. From Gantheaume Bay to the Hutt River
    2. From the Hutt River to Water Peak
    3. From Water Peak to Gairdner's Range
    4. From Gairdner's Range to Perth
    5. From Water Peak to Perth (Mr. Walker's party)
    6. Summary of discoveries
    7. Voyage homewards
    8. The overlanders
    9. Native language
    10. Their traditional laws
    11. Laws of relationship, marriage, and inheritance
    12. Crimes and punishments
    13. Social condition and domestic habits
    14. Food and hunting
    15. Songs and poetry
    16. Funeral ceremonies, superstitions, and remarkable customs
    17. Characteristic anecdotes
    18. Influence of Europeans on the natives

  • Author

    George Grey

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