- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: The Text Publishing Company; 2nd edition edition (January 5, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1921520043
- ISBN-13: 978-1921520044
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,887,699 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1788 Paperback – January 5, 2009
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'Ithaca itself was scarcely more longed for by Ulysses than Botany Bay by the adventurers who had traversed so many thousand miles to take possession of it.'
In early 1787, a London publishing house (John Debrett of Picadilly) commissioned Watkin Tench to write an account of both the journey to New Holland and its settlement. Watkin Tench's tour of service lasted almost five years, and during this time he wrote two books about the early settlement. Those books: `A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay' (1789) and `An Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson' (1793) were bestsellers when first published and are both included in this book.
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was this sense of isolation to the Europeans at Sydney Cove that it later prompted a comment from one of the very few women in the colony in a missive to her family in England that it "was like being buried alive" I can just feel the weight of that comment. Well recommended to all readers interested in history and the human condition, but especially to Australian readers to help understand what "the beginning" was really like.
This is a thoughtful and factual account by a young man who is perceived to be a key figure in Australian history. So what about a statue of Watkins in Chester, or at least blue plaque?
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GREAT! piece of Australian History, It just shows the hardships that those people went through back then.Published 8 months ago by Neil Grimley