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BRETON, William Henry. Excursions in New south Wales, Western Australia, and Van Dieman's Land, during the years 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833. London: Richard Bentley, 1833.

BRETON, William Henry. Excursions in New south Wales, Western Australia, and Van Dieman's Land, during the years 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833. London: Richard Bentley, 1833.

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BRETON, William Henry. Excursions in New south Wales, Western Australia, and Van Dieman's Land, during the years 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833. London: Richard Bentley, 1833.

8vo., (8 3/8 x 5 2/8 inches). Aquatint frontispiece of Regent Villa, and a plate of Native Weapons (some spotting and staining). Contemporary calf (front cover detached).

First edition of an unusually frank account of emigrating to Australia, from embarkation to arrival: "Freemantle, at the time of my arrival - (in October 1829) - was a mere encampment, every person being either in a tent or temporary hut: its site is a level spot, consisting entirely of sand, and the "bush" or forest, extends to within a very short distance of it. Water was easily procured by digging holes a few feet in depth, but it was not particularly good; and that which we took on board, at our departure, was not drinkable... Some accounts state that Freemantle has been almost deserted, the colonists having removed to Perth, or to their grants; others that it is in a flourishing condition! Be this as it may, if the site along be considered, a worse spot for a town could hardly have been selected! Situated as it is upon a bed of sand, and exposed to a glare that is almost insupportable, it holds out but little inducement for any person to fix his residence there, unless compelled by circumstance" (pages 17-18).

 

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