Publisher: Melbourne, Heritage Publications, 1976.
Limited to 500 sets of which this is no. 304.
3 Volume Complete Facsimile of 1888 Fergusson and Mitchell publication; 4to; elaborately decorated with title, flowers and border in gilt on front leatherette board and spine; Vol. 1 pp.[xiv], 496, portrait frontispiece, Volume 2; pp. [viii], 497 To 1000; 30 full page b/w illustrations that are not counted in pagination, and b/w illustrations within text; Volume 3 . Biographical notes by Michael Cannon. Descriptive index compiled by Neil Swift. pp. (vi) ,120; index; dustjackets; A very good set. There are some water-stains on dust jackets.
A dedicated record of the history of Melbourne often seen directly by the author who arrived in 1841 and worked as a journalist for Melbourne’s early papers the Port Phillip Herald and includes many early illustrations of Melbourne 1835, township of Melbourne viewed from the Yarra Falls 1838, Collins Street, 1839, 1844, early residences including Captain Lonsdale, Governor Latrobe, Old Post Office, Police Office Punts on the Yarra, Palmer’s Punt, Princes bridge, 1853 and 1888, Batman’s Hill 1844, Old Queen’s Theatre, Opening of the First Legislative Council. Articles include Executions, Botanic Gardens, Black Thursday, Theatrical entertainments, Yarra River and Falls, Anti-transportation, Temperance, Port Shipping, Shipwrecks, Masonic Ties including the fascinating story of Melbourne’s first Lady Mason, Australia Felix Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, the Order of Druids opened a branch in Port Phillip in 1849, Maps from Pascoe Fawkner and Ham’s map in 1847, and a huge amount more including the cities first cricket matches, Aborigines, early sporting pastimes including Fishing and Gymnastics, Horse racing was a popular event with the Town Cup and Town Plate held at Flemington, William Buckley, information on over a hundred ships and much more. First contacts and hostilities with Aborigines; William Buckley and searches for European women living with Aborigines after shipwrecks; schools, missions, native police and first Protectorate.
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