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The Colony of Western Australia : a Manual for Emigrants to that Settlement or its Dependencies
London: James Fraser, 1839. Octavo, with four plates (two folding) and folding tables, a little scattered foxing yet very good in original blind-stamped cloth, with later issue gilt spine lettering. An important source of information on the fledgling colony of Western Australia, incorporating a detailed and comprehensive census of leaseholders and allotments throughout the state: in effect, this is a Domesday Book of the Swan River. The principal aim of the work is to provide an honest and accurate description of the colony for the information of prospective migrants. The local history and merits of each region are detailed, with an eye to various types of agriculture and grazing enterprise. The legal status of Aborigines is examined in relation to land grants and ownership, reflecting the fundamental emphasis of book on the availability of quality land for potential immigrants. Accordingly, the appendices list the landholders of Western Australia at the time of publication, all carefully checked and verified from official sources. These detailed lists include the name of the owner or leaseholder, size of the property, date of issue and any special conditions attached to the sale, lease or grant. The value of this book lies in the effort taken by the author to compile an accurate account drawn from a diversity of original documents, including personal memoirs, official journals, the logs of several private expeditions and coastal voyages undertaken in the first decade of settlement. This is the second issue of the work noted be Ferguson, issued without the Arrowsmith map (although the title page has not been reprinted and states the presence of the map). Although both the first edition and this later issue were issued in blind stamped green cloth, the spine title 'Ogle's Western Australia' clearly differentiates them.
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