Australia As It Is (volume 1); Its Settlements, Farms, And Gold Fields by Francis LancelottAustralia As It Is (volume 1); Its Settlements, Farms, And Gold Fields by Francis Lancelott

Australia As It Is (volume 1); Its Settlements, Farms, And Gold Fields

byFrancis Lancelott

Paperback | February 3, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VIII. Colony of South Australia--Discoveries of Captains Sturt and Barker--The mountain ranges--Character of the formations--Rivers, lakes, and creeks. The flourishing colony of South Australia might to this day have remained an unknown wilderness, had not distressing droughts too often rendered Sydney and its neighbourhood an arid desert, and impelled the despairing colonists of New South Wales to search far and wide for well-watered grassy plains to sustain their famishing sheep and cattle. The great merit of solving this problem belongs to the intrepid Captain Sturt, an officer then serving in his regiment in New South Wales, who, with a few undaunted companions, ventured into the unknown territory, then overrun with hostile natives. They traced the river Murrumhidgee down its right bank to 34 25' S. lat., 143 57' E. long., where they launched a boat which they had conveyed overland, and another, which they had contrived to build on the spot; and after a week's navigation on this water-course, they discovered its junction with the broad and noble river named by Sturt, the Murray. Down this fine stream they hurried on, beset with rapids, shallows, sunken trees and sandspits, until, after a perilous navigation of nearly 1000 miles, they reached the broad expansive Lake Alexandria, or, as it is now called, Victoria, which they explored to the very sandbanks that separate it from the sea at Encounter Bay. The accidental loss of a quantity of their provisions, compelled them to hasten their return to Sydney, up the Murray, an herculean labour, against a powerful stream; which this undaunted little band accomplished after eightyeight days of suffering and toil, so severe, that one of their party became insane, and their heroic leader was rendered, fo...
Title:Australia As It Is (volume 1); Its Settlements, Farms, And Gold FieldsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:54 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.11 inPublished:February 3, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217334296

ISBN - 13:9780217334297