Queensland, Australia


John Dunmore D.D.  Lang.


Full title: Queensland, Australia; A Highly Eligible Field for Emigration, and the future cotton-field of Great Britain: with a Disquisition on the Origin, Manners and Customs of the Aborigines. London: Edward Stanford, 1864. Second edition (facsimile). Octavo, 20 x 12cm, light blue cloth boards with gilt title on spine, Xxiv, 445pp + 4pp Advertisements.

Near Fine. Some faint scuff marks to light blue cover. This facsimile was made from a copy held by the Hillston Free Public Library – its stamp appearing in facsimile form on several pages.

John Dunmore Lang 1799 -1878, a dynamic immigration organiser, was an emigrant from Scotland himself and the first Presbyterian minister for Sydney, arriving there in 1923. He believed the grinding poverty of Britain could be relieved by the boundless opportunities offered in Australia. He also thought an Australian republic was a possibility and co-founded, along with Henry Parkes and other radicals, the Australian League. Lang had a link to Queensland politics, being elected to the legislative assembly of the Moreton Bay District in 1854. His express purpose in standing was to press for its separation from the colony of New South Wales. His voluminous published works (books, pamphlets, press articles, letters to the editor), his numerous public speaking engagements in Sydney and in the bush, and his endless travelling (within Australia and overseas) ensured that this opinionated and vocal Scotsman had a wide-reaching influence on Australian Colonial values and sense of identity.