Travels in New South Wales


Alexander Marjoribanks.



London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1851. Second Edition. Duodecimo (19 x 11cm), pp. vii, 267. Recased in three quarter gilt tooled tan leather over tan boards with recent eps.

Very Good. Slight spotting on the eps, very slight tanning to the edges if the leaves, one or two small stains, otherwise clean throughout. Binding also very good. Corners sharp, very light wear to boards.

Alexander Marjoribanks wrote a number of travel accounts including Travels in New Zealand: with a map of the country (1850) and Travels in South and North America (1853). He travelled from New Zealand to New South Wales in 1840 and published his account in 1847. It includes descriptions of Botany Bay and the Prodigious Consumption of Liquors, the extensive plains and rivers and the Great Demand for Women, Funeral Ceremonies and Consecrated ground, The Aborigines, Convict Discipline and the Extent of Flagellation, the Dreadful Depression during the three years preceding 1845, Socialism in Sydney, the Female Factory at Parramatta, Dr Leichhardt’s discovery of a New Territory and the Present State and Future Prospects of the Colony. Marjoribanks is a lowland Scottish clan and the author takes every occasion to celebrate the presence, common sense and economy of the Scotchmen he encounters on his travels. (6)