Travels Under The Southern Cross; Or, Travels In Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Samoa & Other…

Paperback | January 1, 2012

byMaturin Murray Ballou

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. From Australia to Tasmania. -- The River Tamar.-- Bird Life. -- City of Launceston. -- Aborigines of the Island. -- Tattooing. -- Van Diemen's Land. -- A Beautiful Country. -- Rich Mines. -- Mount Bischoff. -- Down in a Gold Mine. -- From Launceston to Hobart. -- Rural Aspects. -- Capital of Tasmania. -- Street Scenes. -- A Former Penal Depot. -- Mount Wellington. -- Personal Beauty. -- An Unbecoming Fashion. From Adelaide and Perth let us turn our steps toward another of this group of British colonies in the South Sea. To reach Tasmania one takes a coasting steamer at Melbourne, passing down the river Yarra-Yarra, the muddiest of water-ways, until Basa Strait is reached, across which the course is due south for a hundred and twenty miles. This is a reach of ocean-travel which for boisterousness and discomfort can be said to rival the English Channel. As the coast of Tasmania is approached, a tall light-house, one hundred and forty feet in height, first attracts the attention, -- designating the mouth of the Tamar River. The land formed a lee for the steamer as we approached it, giving us smooth water at last, whereupon the strained muscles of the body gradually relaxed, and it was delightful to be once more upon an even keel. At sea the human body is constantly struggling in the vain effort to preserve its equilibrium. THE TAM All RIVER. 247 During our short but tumultuous voyage across Bass Strait our steamer was often surrounded by a great variety of sea-birds, -- among which were the Capepigeon, the stormy petrel, and the gannet, which last is the largest of ocean birds next to the albatross. On drawing still nearer to the shore flocks of pelicans were observed upon the rocks, and that most awkward of birds, the penguin, was seen in idle groups. The penguin is a good...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1893. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XI. From Australia to Tasmania. -- The River Tamar.-- Bird Life. -- City of Launceston. -- Aborigines of the Island. -- Tattooing. -- Van Diemen's...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:98 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.2 inPublished:January 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217649351

ISBN - 13:9780217649353

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