Title: Early Adventures in Otago
Publisher: Coulls Somerville Wilkie (1940), Dunedin
Publication Date: 1940
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition.
Rubbing, some staining, and some small chips to the paper jacket. Binding a little loose, with some splits at gutters. Some pencil marginalia. ; 60 pages + frontispiece + 5 illustrations on 2 plate leaves. Card covers with paper jacket pasted down to the card, as issued. Page dimensions: 180 x 120mm. Edmund Smith arrived in Dunedin on the 'John Wickliffe' in 1848. This is his journal, edited by W. Downie Stewart. Contents: Voyage on the John Wickliffe - Reasons for Smith's Migration - He describes some of the passengers - Arrival in Otago - Captain Cargill - He reaches Dunedin - A fern-tree shanty at Water of Leith - Bush and birds - His visits to Waikouaiti - The Rev. Mr Creed - Communion Service in the bush - Adventures on Flagstaff and at Blueskin - He tramps to the Clutha - And becomes a stockman - Pig-hunting - Lost in the bush - His journey back to Dunedin - A Cargo of cattle at the Kaik - He joins Mr. Lee at West Taieri - Wild cattle on Maungatua - He becomes cook and housekeeper - Lonely shepherd life - Purchase of land at Kuri Bush - His first crop - Building a hut - Growing wheat under difficulties - Hardships and adventures of a lonely settler. Bagnall S984: "Early life in Dunedin, Waikouaiti, the Clutha and the Taieri Plain."; "I had one experience on Flagstaff which I shall never forget, as I believe it was the only occasion on which I lost heart. Another man and I were bringing some cattle from Waikouaiti, when as we reached the summit of the range an intensely thick fog settled down, bringing with it a drizzling, soaking mist. Our best efforts to keep a straight course were unavailing, and we soon found that we were travelling in a circle. " - p. 33. [Seller ref: Knightcol]; 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 15657
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