Robert Brown - botanist with Matthew Flinders, by Janette Gathe - Mollie Edgecombe - Bevan Carter
book contains a brief description ofthe 1801 voyage
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Nyungah Land - Records of Invasion and Theft of Aboriginal Land on the Swan River 1829-1850
by Bevan Carter with Lynda Nutter. Foreword by Robert Bropho
Nyungah Land is a collection of documents written by the British Colonists that:
the Aboriginal owners of the land on the Swan River.
· outlines measures taken by the landowners to
persuade the invaders to leave.
· outlines measures taken by the British to stay -
their ‘shock and awe’ policy.
· reveals the disruption and loss caused to the
lives of the original owners.
· reveals moral misgivings of some Colonists at
taking someone else’s land and food.
· reveals early massacres in the Swan Valley.
James Stirling and the Birth of the Swan River Colony - by Pamela Statham Drew
the Birth of the Swan River Colony,
is a small-illustrated volume about the first
Governor of Western Australia. It is a condensed
version of the outstanding 655 page biography by
Pamela Statham Drew, which was launched in 2003. As
the launcher of that book, Governor John Sanderson,
has said, both versions make absorbing reading.
Stirling’s story is an integral part of the struggle
of empire building that characterised the first half
of the 19th
his leadership, ambition and courage match those of
many celebrated British heroes of that period.
Without him we might have had a very different
Australia with the Western third speaking a
different language. The beautifully illustrated
short version of his adventures brings to life for a
wider audience the story of how Western Australia
began, and the story of the man who started it all.
Swan River Letters Volume 1 - Collected and edited by Ian Berryman
Swan River Letters Volume 1 is a significant and original contribution to the literature on the founding and early history of the Swan River Colony in Western Australian.
Based on the editor’s extensive study of British and colonial newspapers, the book has two parts. The first part is an essay detailing the reaction in Britain which followed the receival of the first news from the colony. By an unfortunate mischance, the first news was not the official despatches, or letters from colonists, but consisted of second or third-hand rumours of disaster that has been passed on by a shopkeeper living on the remote island of St Helena. As a result, the new colony suffered a near-fatal setback – emigration from Britain ceased, and Western Australia acquired a bad name which lasted for decades afterwards.
The main part of the book contains annotated transcripts of over one hundred letters and reports from Swan River colonists that were published in contemporary newspapers and pamphlets. These letters, most of them previously unknown, include a letter from James Stirling himself. Written during the voyage from Britain to Cape Town, it gives a unique insight into Stirling’s plans and hopes for the new colony. Other correspondents include William Stirling (the Governor’s cousin), Alexander Collie, Thomas Hester, C.D. Ridley, James Purkis, Alfred Stone and John and Joseph Hardey. Although most of the letters are from the middle-class colonists, there are some from tradesmen and servants, which are among the very few known letters from working-class colonists.
In the Foreword, Emeritus Professor R.T. Appleyard describes this book as ‘a goldmine of information on the early years at the Swan River colony’, which ‘will be an essential reference for scholars’.