Notes and Sketches of New South Wales

Notes and Sketches of New South Wales : During a Residence in that Colony from 1839 to 1844

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Louisa Anne Meredith (1812-1895) had published poetry, journalism, and books on flowers before emigrating to Australia in 1839. Her account of her journey there and her early impressions of the people were somewhat derogatory, and caused considerable offence in Sydney, although the book was widely read both in Australia and in England. However, her lyrical descriptions of nature were extremely popular, and she was also a talented illustrator of her own work. She published some twenty books, and many other writings, making her one of the most commercially successful women writers in Australia. Her My Home in Tasmania (1852) is also reprinted in this series. Her books remain valuable as a source of information on the social history of Australia in the mid-nineteenth century, and also on natural history. For more information on this author, see
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Product details

  • Paperback | 180 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 11mm | 240g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Halftones, black and white
  • 1108024173
  • 9781108024174
  • 1,753,195

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Embarkation; 2. Bay of Biscay; 3. Calm in the Tropics; 4. Whales and 'Jets d'eau'; 5. Island of St. Paul's; 6. Sydney Market; 7. Leave Sydney; 8. A country inn; 9. 'Hassan's walls'; 10. Bathurst society and hospitality; 11. Native huts; 12. Native turkeys; 13. Storm and fine view on Lapstone Hill; 14. Homebush; 15. Norfolk Island pine; 16. Guanas.
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