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The State and Position of Western Australia; Commonly called the Swan-River Settlement
Simpkin, Marshall, and Co, London 1835 - Octavo, 143 pp., contemporary notice of the work tipped in, early owner's name on title-page; an excellent copy in full crushed green morocco by Sangorski. First edition, uncommon. Irwin's book was the first significant published account of the Swan River colony, and is a charming and informative work, devised partly as an advertisement for emigration.Frederick Irwin (1788-1860) saw active service in Spain, Portugal, Canada and Ceylon. In 1828, while holding the rank of captain, he assumed command of a detachment of the 63rd Regiment (himself, a fellow officer, and 66 other ranks) which was ordered to provide military protection to the fledgling Swan River settlement. Arriving on the Sulphur in June 1829, Irwin spent four years in the colony before returning to England for a few years. A keen promoter of the new colony, while in London Irwin helped form the Western Australian Association, and it was during this period that the present work was published.The book includes nine appendices of which two are extracts reprinted from the 'W.A. Journal' 1834-1835 regarding Aboriginal matters, including an extraordinary account of two trackers, "Migo" and "Molly-Dobbin", who found a lost child after a long and frustrating search through 22 miles of dunes and thick scrub.This copy does not have the advertisement leaves sometimes seen (and assumed to be present in slightly later issues). [Attributes: Soft Cover]
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