Five Years' Experience in Australia Felix: Comprising a Short Account of Its Early Settlement and Its Present Position, with Many Particulars Interesting to Intending Emigrants

Hamilton, 1846 - 168 pages

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Page 14 - We had at length, he proceeds, discovered a country ready for the immediate reception of civilized man, and fit to become eventually one of the great nations of the earth.
Page 21 - F. in the shade, and 125 when exposed to their influence. They seldom last more than a few days, and are cleared off by a thunder storm. But the rise of the mercury in the thermometer does not indicate the effect of the weather on the animal frame ; the humidity of the atmosphere is of far more importance in this respect, for I have felt a much greater degree of oppression in Calcutta with the thermometer at SO., and the atmosphere surcharged with moisture, than in New South Wales, when the mercury...
Page 14 - Every day we passed over land, which, for natural fertility and beauty, could scarcely be surpassed; over streams of unfailing abundance and plains covered with the richest pasturage. Stately trees and majestic mountains adorned the ever-varying scenery of this region, the most southern of all Australia, and the best.
Page 14 - 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 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 1 - FIVE YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN AUSTRALIA FELIX : Comprising a Short Account of its Early Settlement and its Present Position, with many Particulars interesting to Intending Emigrants. By GH HAYDON, With Illustrations by HENRY HAINSSELIN, from Sketches made on the Spot by the Author.
Page 27 - January, 1838, a few months after its authorised establishment, it presented more the appearance of the villages he had seen in the interior of India, a nucleus of huts embowered in the forest foliage, and peering at itself in the river stream that laved the thresholds of its tenements, than any collection of buildings formed by European hands.
Page 148 - In praise of Tobacco. Much food doth gluttony procure to feed men fat like swine, But he's a frugal man indeed who on a leaf can dine. He needs no napkin for his hands, his finger ends to wipe, Who has his kitchen in a box, his roast-meat in a pipe. NATURALISTS
Page 131 - ... approaching to black in some parts ; their greatest attraction consists in the graceful tail of the cock bird, which is something like a lyre. But little is known of their habits, for it is seldom they are found near the dwellings of civilized man.
Page 23 - The Spring months are September, October, and November; the Summer, December, January, and February; Autumn, March, April, and May; Winter, June, July, and August. March, April, and August, are generally considered the rainy months.

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