Recollections of Travel in New Zealand and Australia

Recollections of Travel in New Zealand and Australia

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Having decided to try his fortune in the new colonies of South Australia and New Zealand, budding geologist James Coutts Crawford (1817-89) landed at Sydney in 1838 and lost no time in buying and driving a herd of cattle from Braidwood, New South Wales, to Adelaide, a distance of more than three hundred miles of unfamiliar territory. This remarkable journey proved typical of the rest of his travels, during which he served variously as explorer, translator, and sheriff of Wellington. This book, which includes illustrations and maps, is his own record of his experiences, first published in 1880. Even at that time, New Zealand and Australia had changed radically since Crawford's first arrival in the earliest, minimal colonies; today, his account offers not only a fascinating insight into the difficulties and dangers of life there, but a useful source for students and researchers in history and geology.
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Product details

  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 22 b/w illus. 3 maps
  • 1139108220
  • 9781139108225

Table of contents

Preface; Overland journey from Sydney to Adelaide in the years 1838-9; First arrival in New Zealand; To Queen Charlotte's Sound; Across the Straits and back; First settlement at Wellington; A voyage to Sydney; A ride from Wellington to the Manawatu; A voyage to England; Return to New Zealand in 1846; A walk to the Wairarapa; A trip to Taranaki; Journey to the Whanganui; On the Whanganui River; On the Whanganui River continued; To Lake Taupo and back; Topini; Return to Whanganui; Up the Manawatu River; A journey from the Upper Hutt to Waikanae; Excursion from Whanganui to the Waitotara district; Journey to explore the main range of Tararua; Journey to the northern peninsula of the Auckland province; Up the Waikato and Waipa; A visit to Lake Coleridge; Two nights at Motunau; A visit to the Hurunui Lakes; Journey from Christchurch to Dunedin; From Dunedin to Lake Wakatipu and Invercargill; Invercargill and thence to Dunedin; Excursion to Tuapeka with Dr Hector; Havelock and the Pelorus Sound; A journey from New Zealand to Tasmania and Australia; New Zealand politics; The Maori language, its orthography compared; A chapter on geology; On the origin, character, and religion of the Maori race; New Zealand considered physically and agriculturally; Voyage from New Zealand to England via America; The conquests of Great Britain and the British race.
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