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PREFACE.

THE following pages contain the results of the Author's travels and residence in the Western parts of Australia, between the years 1837 and 1840, during which period he traversed extensive regions unknown to the European traveller, and probably never before trodden by the foot of civilized man. It is not alone with gratification of enlightened curiosity, that the countries now first brought to notice are likely to be objects of interest. A knowledge of the districts lying between Swan River and Sharks Bay, cannot but be of importance to future colonists, whilst the intertropical provinces of the North-west coasts, distinguished as they are by important peculiarities, both of character and position, are equally calculated to draw the attention of the literary and enterprising enquirer. It only remains to state, in a few words, the circumstances under which this work is given to the public. The Author arrived in England in September, 1840, and was engaged in preparing his notes for

vi PREFACE.

publication, when he was unexpectedly honoured with an appointment, which re-called him to Australia in the month of December following. Avocations both of a public and private nature, arising out of that appointment, prevented him from carrying his work through the press during the short period of his residence in this country, and consequently the final arrangement of the impression, and the duties of typographical revision devolved on others. Although no pains have been spared to render these volumes worthy of the public eye, the circumstances under which they appear, will naturally occasion them to be marked by defects which, doubtless, would not have escaped the Author's notice and correction had he been present. It would be an act of injustice not to express here the obligations the author is under to Mr. J. E. Gray, of the British Museum, for his valuable assistance, in whatever relates to Natural History in the body of the work, as well as for the contributions in the same branch of science which will be found in the Appendix; nor are his thanks less due to Mr. Adam White, for an interesting paper on the Entomology of Australia; and to Mr. Gould, who has lately visited that country, for his list of the Birds of the Western Coast.

viii CONTENTS.

CHAPTER W.

CHAPTER WI.

HANOWER BAY AND ITS WICINITY.

CHAPTER WII.

HANOVER BAY AND ITS WICINITY.

CONTENTS.

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