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Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River... [bound with] Further Returns Relative to the Settlement on the Swan River
London: 28 February 1831 and 31 March, 1831. Two works bound together, foolscap folio, 30 & 19 pp. respectively; in handsome modern red quarter morocco, gilt. Earliest official reports from Swan River: Stirling, Roe, Dale & Irwin. Two very rare reports, setting out the earliest official information on the Swan River colony to be published in England. The reports were published within a fortnight of each other in 1831, and print a wealth of information from the new colony. The first report begins with a list of the vessels sent to Swan River (headed by the Parmelia), the salaries of the main officials, and a long and informative dispatch from Governor Stirling to Sir George Murray. The report concludes with abstracts of settlers from the General Muster Book, other settlers, and a list of land claims. The second report is even more detailed, printing material by some of the most important settlers. Of note is a letter from Stirling, two succinct but important reports of inland exploration, including one to Cape Leeuwin, undertaken by the indefatigable John Septimus Roe, and a third report by Lieutenant Dale, the officer responsible for the famous Swar River panorama, but here describing an expedition east of the Darling Mountains. The report concludes with a fourth notice of a series of attacks made on Lieutenant Dale's party by local tribesmen, written by F.C. Irwin of the 63rd Regiment.
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