Empire Review Volume 12

Empire Review Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...They were living then on the Swan River, about twelve miles from Perth. By melting down the iron-ore, he made some steel which he turned into a penknife, with a kangaroo bone for a handle. It was shown to several people, who expressed their doubts as to its authenticity, for getting steel was a difficult matter. The Governor, Sir James Stirling, hearing of it, sent someone to inquire. The boy took some of the iron-ore, melted it down, and made a little ingot of steel, and that settled the matter. When he was about twenty years of age, he took up surveying as a profession, and soon got a good appointment on the Government staff. Being a junior officer, he often undertook work the older surveyors were inclined to avoid; this brought him into contact with headquarters, and he won golden opinions for his promptitude and careful attention to duty. He relates how one Sunday, on his way to church, he was asked by the Governor if he could be ready to start the next day on a 300 miles journey. Gregory quietly suggested that the day after would be better, for the provisioning of a ship was part of the preparation, and he was ready on the Wednesday morning. In 1846 the known country of Western Australia had become fully stocked, and the settlers were anxious to discover fresh runs. Gregory proposed that he and his brothers should attempt an exploration of the interior, and applied for three months' leave of absence for the purpose. Not only was leave of absence granted, but the expedition was arranged under the auspices of the Government, who provided the horses, and the public subscribed 5 for the equipment. So, on August 7th, 1846, he started with his two younger brothers, Frank and Henry, with four horses and seven weeks' provisions. It was...show more

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  • Paperback | 204 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 372g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236975413
  • 9781236975416