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Reminiscences of an Old Squatter.
Adelaide: W.K. Thomas & Co. 1902. Octavo, frontispiece, original maroon cloth, a bit rubbed, binder's ticket of E.S. Wigg and Son, Adelaide. From the library of the author's daughter. Autobiography of Australian pastoralist Robert Bruce (born circa 1836 – 1908) recording a life in the saddle. Born in Surrey, Bruce emigrated to South Australia in 1854 and eventually became the owner of Coondambo station located west of Port Augusta. He achieved some success as a writer, with dramatic works published in England. In the preface to this book the author comments that {i Reminiscences of an Old Squatter} 'appeared as they were written in the columns of the Adelaide Quiz and the Port Augusta Dispatch, where they were favourably received by the readers of those papers, and I trust that in their present book form they will be still more successful'. The {i Australian Dictionary of Biography }records that Bruce had four daughters; this copy appears to have been the property of one Mary Bruce. The first leaf of text is inscribed in a bold cursive hand 'please return to Miss Mary Bruce, 95 Hill street North Adelaide. Father arrived first in Australia in year 1854.'.
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