Three Expeditions Into the Interior of Eastern Australia: With Descriptions of the Recently Explored Region of Australia Felix, and of the Present Colony of New South Wales, Volume 2

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Libraries Board of South Australia, 1839 - Australia - 762 pages
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Page 241 - ... tons of oil had been shipped that season. I was likewise informed that only a few days before my arrival five vessels lay at anchor together in that bay, and that a communication was regularly kept up with Van Diemen's Land by means of vessels from Launceston. Messrs Henty were importing sheep and cattle as fast as vessels could be found to bring them over, and the numerous whalers touching at or fishing on the coast were found to be good customers for farm produce and whatever else could be...
Page 159 - I had ever before witnessed, either in New South Wales or elsewhere. A land so inviting, and still without inhabitants! As I stood, the first European intruder on the sublime solitude of these verdant plains, as yet untouched by flocks or herds, I felt conscious of being the harbinger of mighty changes, and that our steps would soon be followed by the men and the animals for which it seemed to have been prepared.
Page 284 - No stockyards, cattle, or even smoke, although at the highest northern point of the bay, I saw a mass of white objects which might have been either tents or vessels.
Page 125 - The other shape, If shape it might be call'd that shape had none Distinguishable in member, joint, or limb ; Or substance might be call'd that shadow seem'd, For each seem'd either: black it stood as night, Fierce as ten furies, terrible as Hell, And shook a dreadful dart ; what seem'd his head The likeness of a kingly crown had on.
Page 6 - ... other warlike weapons. The jump now keeps time with each beat, and at each leap the dancer takes six inches to one side, all being in a connected line, led by the first dancer. The line is doubled, or tripled, according to space and numbers ; and this gives great effect, for when the first line jumps to the left, the second jumps to the right, the third to the left again, and so on, until the action acquires due intensity, when all simultaneously and suddenly stop.
Page 311 - Creek, from hills five miles distant. The southern shore of this lake presents one continuous low ridge, separating its waters from the head of the Yass River, which would otherwise receive them. The water was slightly brackish in 1828, but quite fit for use, and the lake was then surrounded by dead trees of the eucalyptus measuring about two feet in diameter, which also extended into it, until wholly covered by the water. In that wide expanse we could find no fish, and an old native female said...
Page 171 - Of this Eden I was the first European to explore its mountains and streams — to behold its scenery — to investigate its geological character — and, by my survey, to develop those natural advantages, certain to become, at no distant date, of vast importance to a new people.
Page 241 - Messrs. Henty, who were then at the house. It then occurred to me that I might there procure a small additional supply of provisions, especially of flour, as my men were on very reduced rations. I therefore approached the house and was kindly received and entertained by the Messrs. Henty, who, as I learnt, had been established there during upwards of two years. It was very obvious, indeed, from the magnitude and extent of the buildings, and the substantial fencing erected, that both time and labour...
Page 159 - The scene was different from anything I had ever before witnessed, either in New South Wales or elsewhere, a land so inviting and still without inhabitants! As I stood, the first...
Page 326 - ... in the shore to the westward. Such a port would probably possess advantages over any other on the southern coast, for a railroad from thence along the skirts of the level interior country would require but little artificial levelling, and might extend to the tropic of Capricorn, or even beyond it, thus affording the means of expeditious communication between all the fine districts on the interior side of the coast ranges, and a sea-port to the westward of Bass's Straits. " The Murray, fed by...

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