Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria from January to December Volume 2

Transactions of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria from January to December Volume 2

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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. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...horse some distance, when he also gave in, and lay down; took the saddle, &c., off him, and lay down beside him, being scarcely able to stand, the day intolerably hot; bled the horse, and drank about half-aepint of his blood, which was black, thick, and unhealthy-looking, and had the same bad smell as his breath. Got up; staggered on with the greatest difficulty; and reached the river in a state of extreme exhaustion in the afternoon." From this extract you will perceive what were my hopes. Nothing, however, could make me in the least faint-hearted in the execution of my self-selected duties, and which, it appeared to me, would be of very great interest as regards the scientific investigation of a country hitherto considered a barren desert. I. On the 2nd of December, 1856, I received orders from the Government to proceed to the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers, for the purpose of making investigations on the natural history of that district, and also, with a view of collecting 5 many specimens as possible for the National Museum, and marking the distribution of animal life along my route. I left Melbourne on the 6th December, 1856, with a very complete field equipment, consisting of five horses, two bullocks, two drays, four tents, a full set of tools and implements, and also a photographic apparatus. Four men were allowed me as my staff, and I had before long to regret that I had made a bad selection. The hardships, roughnesses, and privations of bush life were unknown to them, and I was soon deserted and left to myself, being, in consequence of this, exposed to innumerable delays and inconveniences, so that I had very great difliculty in fulfilling the duties which were expected of me. It would, however, be...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236921216
  • 9781236921215