Twelve Years' Wanderings In The British Colonies. From 1835 To 1847 Volume 2

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJ. C. Byrne

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...All were fully aware of the difficulties and dangers of the expedition; and we could not look forward to reaching Adelaide in less than four and a-half or five months, and during that time we must remain isolated from civilized society. During the day, surrounded by horsemen, the cattle were driven slowly along, but scattered widely, in order to afford them an opportunity of grazing as they pursued their way. The four drays, with the horses not in use, brought up the rear; each dray drawn by eight bullocks, but in some instances ten, where the nature of the country required it. Myself, my partner, and our young friend, usually rode in front, and explored the most accessible road, avoiding long reaches of the river, when water and grass were to be had otherwise. The distance usually traversed was from eight to twelve miles per day, a halt being made about noon that the cattle might rest, and the men take their mid-day meal. Morning, noon, and night our provisions were the same. During the early portion of the journey we killed no cattle, and chiefly consumed salt meat, which, with tea and damper, was our support, except when one of the party shot a kangaroo, or a few wild fowl, ducks being abundant and large, near the river where swamps existed. As the word "damper" will no doubt be unintelligible to most readers, it is well that they should be acquainted with its meaning. It is the name given by colonists to unleavened bread baked in the ashes. The mode of effecting this operation by a travelling party is unique, and deserves description. One of the men, whose turn it is to officiate as cook, first strips a large sheet of bark from some box or stringy bark tree, and spreading this on the ground with the smooth side uppermost, it answers...

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...All were fully aware of the difficulties and dangers of the expedition; and we could not look forward to reachi...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:106 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217412424

ISBN - 13:9780217412421

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