London: John Murray, 1848. First Edition. Small octavo (17.5 x 12cm), vi + 162pp, recased in three quater black leather over marbled boards, red title label with gilt title reads “Bush Life in Australia”.
Very good. Lightly tanned and some foxing to the prelims and the last few leaves, otherwise clean throughout. Leather slightly rubbed at the head of the spine, corners pushed, boards gently scuffed.
Henry Haygarth travelled with a family party to Australia as a young man and spent eight years in the Australian bush on a station called Buckley’s Crossing (now Dalgety) south-west of Sydney. He returned to England where he matriculated from Oxford in 1847 aged 26 and obtained his B.A there in 1851. He went on to obtain his MA and become a cleric. The book derives from the journal he kept during his time in Australia and describes the settling of the Monaro region by white people. The book is sympathetic to the Ngarigo people rather than the local administrator John Lambie. (8)
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