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Catalogue of books on Australian maritime history

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Andrews, Graeme
The Ferries of Sydney - signed by the author
A.H & A.W. Reed Books, Terrey Hills, NSW, Australia, 1975.
First edition: landscape octavo; hardcover, with endpaper maps; 128pp., with many monochrome and some full-colour illustrations. Signed in ink on the front free endpaper; boards faded along the edges; text block edges lightly tone and top edge spotted. Minor edgewear to the dustwrapper. Very good to near fine. The romance of Sydney's ferries is part of the story of Sydney. From the beginning, the ferries that ply the harbour and the surrounding waters have been identified with the life of the city. Graeme Andrews tells their story from the early days to the present.
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Bastian, Josephine
'A passion for exploring new countries' Matthew Flinders & George Bass
Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty. Ltd., North Melbourne Vic., 2016.
Octavo; paperback; 301pp., with 10pp. of colour and monochrome plates. Minor wear. Near fine.
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Baty, Scott
Ships that Passed The Glorious Era of Travel to Australia and New Zealand
Reed Books Pty. Ltd., French's Forest NSW, 1984.
First edition. Quarto; hardcover, with upper board title and decorated endpapers; 328pp. with many monochrome photographic illustrations. Slightly rolled; mild edgewear to the boards; text block edges spotted. Dustwrapper is mildly rubbed and sunned along the spine panel and top edges; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. This book is a salute to six decades of international passenger shipping services in Australasian waters. Between 1920 and 1984 some 200 liners and regional cruise ships were to pass regularly through Australia and New Zealand on scheduled service. Each ship has its own special story and is told within this book.
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Bromby, Robin
German Raiders of the South Seas The Naval Threat to Australia/New Zealand 1914-17
Doubleday Australia Pty. Ltd., Sydney NSW, 1985.
First edition: quarto; hardcover; 208pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; cocked; spine heel softened; light spotting to the text block top edge. Dustwrapper sunned along the spine; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. In the first days of World War I a German light cruiser detached itself from the East Asiatic Squadron with the mission to raid and harass Allied shipping. The ship, "SMS Emden", not only became world famous in its two months of raiding, during which it sank sixteen ships and captured others, but demonstrated to a cunning enemy the vulnerability of Australian, New Zealand and Empire shipping links. The two dominions were left with little naval protection as Britain gathered its ships to fight the Germans in the Atlantic and Mediterranean. Then in 1916, came another raider, the "Wolf", which, undetected and unmolested, laid mines around Australia and New Zealand and preyed upon merchant ships sailing in the Tasman Sea and South Pacific. The following year the Germans made an abortive attempt to send a sailing ship to raid the South Seas, which ended when the "Seeadler" was wrecked on a small atoll. With over eighty black and white photographs, many of them previously unpublished, and detailed maps of the routes of the major ships, "German Raiders" makes fascinating reading and is an important addition to the naval history of Australia and New Zealand.
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Cannon, Michael
Perilous Voyages to the New Land - revised, expanded edition Experiences of Australian Pioneer Families on the High Seas
Today's Australia Publishing Company, Mornington Vic., 1997.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover, with upper board titles and decorative endpapers; 272pp., with many monochrome illustrations and 8pp. of colour plates. Moderate wear; a little shaken and rolled; spine extremities softened; some minor spotting to the text block edges. Dustwrapper is lightly edgeworn; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Accounts of immigrant ships to Australia 1840-1850 that reveal often harrowing conditions and experiences, with storms, rickets, disease, irresponsible captains and wild passengers. Chapters also discuss Irish orphan immigration and attempts at reform. With contemporary illustrations, five documentary appendixes, bibliography and index.
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Carlton, Mike
Cruiser - signed copy The Life and Loss of HMAS Perth and Her Crew
William Heinemann Ltd., North Sydney NSW, 2010.
Signed hardcover, octavo; red boards with black spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 706pp., monochrome and colour plates, appendices, references, bibliography, index. Minor wear; lower board edges and corners slightly worn; toned text block edges. Otherwise near fine in like dustwrappers and covered in protective film with white paper backing. Of all the Australians who fought in the Second World War, none saw more action nor endured so much of its hardship and horror as the crew of the cruiser HMAS Perth. Most were young - many were still teenagers - from cities and towns, villages and farms across the nation. In three tumultuous years they did battle with the forces of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, the Vichy French and, finally, the Imperial Japanese Navy. They were nearly lost in a hurricane in the Atlantic. In the Mediterranean in 1941 they were bombed by the Luftwaffe and the Italian Air Force for months on end until, ultimately, during the disastrous evacuation of the Australian army from Crete, their ship took a direct hit and thirteen men were killed. After the fall of Singapore in 1942, HMAS Perth was hurled into the forlorn campaign to stem the Japanese advance towards Australia. Off the coast of Java in March that year she met an overwhelming enemy naval force. Firing until her ammunition literally ran out, she was sunk with the loss of 353 of her crew, including her much-loved captain and the Royal Australian Navy's finest fighting sailor, 'Hardover' Hec Waller. Another 328 men were taken into Japanese captivity, most to become slave labourers in the infinite hell of the Burma-Thai railway. Many died there, victims of unspeakable atrocity. Only 218 men, less than a third of her crew, survived to return home at war's end. 'Cruiser', by journalist and broadcaster Mike Carlton, is their story. And the story of those who loved them and waited for them.
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Carruthers, Steven L.
Japanese Submarine Raiders 1942 - signed A Maritime Mystery
Casper Publications Pty. Ltd., Narrabeen NSW, 2006.
Revised edition: octavo; hardcover; 264pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; some small marks to the upper board; spine head lightly sunned; signed by the author in ink to the flyleaf. Near fine in like dustwrapper.
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Cottee, Kay
First Lady - signed A history-making solo voyage around the world
Pan Books (Australia) Pty. Ltd., Chippendale NSW, 1990.
Octavo; paperback; 226pp., with maps, diagrams and 24pp. of full-colour and monochrome plates. Mild wear; covers lightly rubbed and edgeworn; spine lightly sunned and creased; some minor spotting to the text block edges; signed in ink to the title page. Very good.
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Dunmore, John
Where Fate Beckons The Life of Jean-Francois de La Perouse
ABC Books, Sydney NSW, 2006.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine-titling; 292pp., with maps and 12pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear only; some faint spotting to the text block edges. Near fine in like dustwrapper (now backed by archival-quality white paper and professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film). The mystery of the disappearance of Jean Francois de La Perouse in 1788 during his long voyage of discovery in the Pacific was solved 40 years later, yet it still fascinates people and expeditions continue to search for his body and the remains of his ships.
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Estensen, Miriam
The Life of George Bass Surgeon and Sailor of the Enlightenment
Allen & Unwin, Sydney NSW, 2005.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with bronze spine-titling; 259pp., with maps and 8 pages of full-colour and monochrome plates. Minor wear. Dustwrapper sunned along the spine panel. Near fine. The brilliant and charismatic Bass embodied the Age of Enlightenment. He was a man of intense intellectual curiosity, of wide-ranging talents and contradictions as well. He had friends among Sydney's political 'radicals' but was also of the establishment. He was a skilled surgeon who preferred navigation to medicine, a naval officer who put his career on hold in an attempt to make a fortune and a man deeply in love but who abandoned his 'beloved Bess Bass' for the rewards of an adventurous voyage into commerce. A richly detailed account of the life and mysterious disappearance of a gifted and complicated man.
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Flinders, Matthew
A Voyage to Terra Australia - Australiana Facsimile Editions, No.37 Undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802 and 1803 in His Majesty's ship "The Investigator"
Libraries Board of South Australia, Adelaide SA, 1966.
Two volumes and a solander case of folding charts: folio; hardcover, buckram boards with gilt spine titles on burgundy labels; 1,115pp. [1-4; i-ix; 1-10; i-cciv; 1-269; 1 Blank + 1-4; 1-613; 1 Blank], with 9 monochrome plates, 18 charts and elevations and 10 botanical plates. Moderate wear; boards rubbed with some marks; text block edges toned and top edge dusted; mild scattered foxing, mainly to the preliminaries; maps and plates clean, though mis-folded (now corrected) with some creasing and bruising. Very good. "A Voyage to Terra Australis" is a sea voyage journal written by English mariner and explorer Matthew Flinders. It describes his circumnavigation of the Australian continent in the early years of the 19th century, and his imprisonment by the French on the island of Mauritius from 1804-1810. The book tells in great detail his explorations and includes maps and drawings of the profiles of unknown coastline areas of what Flinders called "Terra Australis Incognita". By this, he was referring to the great unknown Southern continent that had been sighted and partly mapped by prominent earlier mariners such as Captain James Cook. The ship Flinders commanded, HMS Investigator, was a 334-ton sloop. Up until this time the circumnavigation of Australia - which was necessary to prove it was a single continent land mass - had never been completed. He achieved this by circling the island continent, leaving Sydney in July 1801, heading north, through Torres Strait, across the top of the continent westward, and south along the western coastline. Flinders reached and named Cape Leeuwin on 6 December 1802, and proceeded to make a survey along the southern coast of the Australian mainland, and then completing the journey, arrived back in Sydney in June 1803, despite the dangerous condition of his ship. Flinders' further description of imprisonment on Mauritius preceded his final return to England in October 1810 in poor health: despite this he immediately resumed work preparing "A Voyage to Terra Australis" and his maps for publication. In January 1811 approval for publication of his narrative was given by the Admiralty, but payment was restricted to the atlas and charts sections. Flinders was responsible for funding the major work. The full title of this book which was first published in London in July 1814 was given, as was common at the time, a synoptic description: "A Voyage to Terra Australis: undertaken for the purpose of completing the discovery of that vast country, and prosecuted in the years 1801, 1802, and 1803 in His Majesty's ship the Investigator, and subsequently in the armed vessel Porpoise and Cumberland Schooner. With an account of the shipwreck of the Porpoise, arrival of the Cumberland at Mauritius, and imprisonment of the commander during six years and a half in that island". Original publications of the Atlas to Flinders' "Voyage to Terra Australis" are held at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, Australia, as a portfolio that accompanied the book and included engravings of 16 maps, 4 plates of views, and 10 plates of Australian flora. Flinders' map of Terra Australis was first published in January 1814 and the remaining maps were published before his atlas and book. On 19 July 1814, the day after the book and atlas were published, Matthew Flinders died, at the age of 40.
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Fowell, Newton (Nance Irvine, ed.)
The Sirius Letters - signed The Complete Letters of Newton Fowell Midshipman & Lieutenant aboard the Sirius Flagship of the First Fleet on its Voyage to New South Wales
The Fairfax Library, Sydney NSW, 1988.
Quarto; hardcover, with gilt upper board and spine titling and decorative endpapers; 176pp., with many colour and monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; slightly shaken; softening to the spine extremities; a minor bump to the upper board; text block edges very lightly toned; previous owner's large ink inscription to the verso of the flyleaf; signed by the editor to the half-title page. Dustwrapper is rubbed and edgeworn; sunned along the spine panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Appendix consists of extracts from the writings of four other voyagers on the First Fleet: James Scott, John Easty, Phillip King and Arthur Bowes-Smyth.
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Frame, T.R. & G.J. Swinden
First In, Last Out The Navy at Gallipoli
Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, 1990.
First edition. Octavo hardcover; black boards with gilt spine titling, illustrated endpapers; 208pp., monochrome plates and illustrations. Owner's name. Binding very slightly rolled and spotting to upper text block edges. Very good otherwise in like dustwrapper with slight wear to spine panel extremities. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. This study highlights the special involvement of the Royal Australian Navy in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, contrasting the success of the Navy's operations with the failure of the land operations. The coupling of the exploits of the AE 2 (the first Allied submarine successfully to penetrate the Dardanelles) and the Bridging Train (sailors who constructed wharves and shore front facilities to support the arrival of Allied troops and stores) also emphasises the Navy's unique claim to be the first in and the last out of Gallipoli. The book also reflects on the remarkable lives many of the central characters in both stories led after the war as well as their personal recollections of these events.
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Jeremy, John
Cockatoo Island Sydney's Historic Dockyard
UNSW Press/University of NSW Press Ltd., Sydney NSW, 2005.
Octavo; paperback; 263pp., with a map and many monochrome illustrations. Very minor wear; spine lightly sunned; previous owner's pencilled inscription to the first page. Very good.
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Kerr, Margaret & Colin
Australia's Early Whalemen
Rigby Publishers Ltd., Adelaide, SA, Australia, 1980.
Small quarto; hardcover; 64pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Text block edges lightly toned and spotted; mild edgewear to boards. Dustwrapper lightly rubbed. Very good. Australia's early whalemen battled turbulent seas, shipwrecks, hunger and disease in their ruthless search for whales. At the mercy of the whale's fury boats were capsized and men drowned. Killer whales darting through the water at thirty knots, frequently towed away boats full of men never to be heard of again. Whaling became a major industry in Australia and Tasmania. Bay whaling stations were set up on many parts of the southern Australian coast and islands.
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Lawson, Will
Pacific Steamers The History, Rise, and Development of Steamers on the Australian, New Zealand, and Western American Coasts
Brown Son and Ferguson, Glasgow Scotland UK, 1927.
First edition. Octavo, hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titles; 244pp., with a half-tone frontispiece and many plates likewise. Slightly rolled; very mild softening of the spine extremities; spotting and dusting of the text block edges; offset to the endpapers; retailer's bookplate to the front pastedown; spine cracked. Lacks dustwrapper. Good. This is the story of the early endeavours of steamships in the Pacific when there were few docks or repair shops, when most ships were their own foundry; the many wrecks a testimony to this. The early pioneers were not hampered however, by these considerations. The spirit of adventure and enterprise pervaded the development of the engines - where rivalry and competition frequently spurred on the officers to take risks and make innovations to the ships. Illustrations from photographs and paintings add to the gripping quality of the book as well as its historic value.
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Lubbock, Basil
The Colonial Clippers
Brown, Son & Ferguson, Glasgow, 1975.
Reprint: quarto; hardcover; blue boards with gilt spine and upper board blind-stamped titling; 384pp., with a monochrome photolithographic frontispiece, and 29pp. of plates likewise, with 3pp. of diagrams. Rubbing to board edges and corners; softening to the spine extremities, bumping to the lower corners. Price-clipped dustwrapper is well-rubbed with some chipping; a tape mark to the upper panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive film. Very good. "To sail and the sail-trained seaman more than to any other cause do we our nation's greatness. By sail were our homesteads kept safe from the enemy; by sail were our coasts charted; sail took adventurous pioneers to the new land, and sail brought home the products of these new lands to the Old Country and made her the Market of the World. This book is an attempt to preserve in written form what the fading memory is fast forgetting - the Glorious History of the Sailing Ship." - Basil Lubbock.
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Milligan, Christopher S., & John C.H. Foley (Foreword by Geoffrey Blainey)
Australian Hospital Ship Centaur - signed by the authors The Myth of Immunity
Nairana Publications, Hendra Qld., 1993.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards; 340pp., with a full-colour frontispiece, maps and diagrams, and 30pp. of monochrome plates. Minor wear; signed in ink on the title page. Near fine.
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Monteath, Peter (ed.)
Sailing with Flinders The Journal of Seaman Samuel Smith
Corkwood Press, North Adelaide SA, 2002.
Octavo; gatefold paperback; 86pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear. Near fine.
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Montgomerie, H.S.
William Bligh of the "Bounty" in Fact and in Fable
Williams and Norgate, London, 1937.
First edition: hardcover, octavo; blue cloth boards with red spine titling; 308pp., monochrome plates and illustrations with fold-out illustrations and maps. Owner's name. Minor wear; foxing to prelims and title page with scattered spotting thereafter; browned and spotted text block edges. Very good. Lacks dustwrapper.
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Nicholls, Bob
Statesmen & Sailors Australian Maritime Defence, 1870-1920
Standard Publishing House, Rozelle NSW, 1995.
Octavo; paperback; 323pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Mild wear; covers a little rubbed. Very good.
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Nicholson, Ian
Log of Logs - Roebuck Society Publication No.41 A Catalogue of Logs, Journals, Shipboard Diaries, Letters, and all forms of Voyage Narratives, 1788 to 1988, for Australia and New Zealand and Surrounding Oceans
The author/The Australian Association for Maritime History Inc., Nambour Qld., nd. (1988).
Royal octavo; paperback; 630pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Owner's small sticker on obverse of front card cover; covers lightly rubbed and edgeworn with some creasing to spine panel; text block top edge lightly toned and spotted. Very good.
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Olijnyk, Elynor Frances (Rolf Christiansen, illus.)
Charles Robbins, RN, 1782-1805 - signed by author His Place in Maritime History
Photographic Art Gallery, np., 2004.
Octavo; hardcover, with illustrated boards and endpaper maps; 914pp., with maps and many monochrome illustrations. Minor wear; signed with an inscription in ink to the title page. No dustwrapper as issued. Very good. Charles Robbins (1782-1805) was a British Royal Navy officer and navigator in the early nineteenth century and was involved in the early exploration of Bass Strait and Port Phillip in southern Australia.
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O'May, Harry
Wooden Hookers of Hobart Town and Whalers out of Van Dieman's Land
T.J. Hughes, Tasmania, 1978.
Hardcover, octavo; green cloth boards with black upper board titling; 137 + 101pp., monochrome plates. Minor wear; mildly rubbed board edges; lightly toned text block edges; a few marks to rear panel of wrapper, chipping on head of spine. Otherwise very good. Wrapper now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.
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Parker, Mary Ann
A Voyage Round the World
Hordern House, Potts Point, 1991.
Hardcover facsimile of the 1795 edition. Limited edition of 750, hand bound in half maroon Scottish calf with marbled papered sides, octavo, 149pp., and dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales; this the first of the Australian National Maritime Museum's Historical Facsimile Series. Marbled boards with insect damage along front side and top edge with less pronounced wear in small spots on rear board. Text block edges lightly toned and faintly spotted on upper edge. Printed on Ivory Kilmory Text. Very good to near fine. No slipcase. Three years after the landing of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove, Mary Ann Parker became Australia's first tourist. Her journal of the voyage out and back, 'A Voyage Around the World in the Gorgon Man of War', is the first account of the new colony to be published by a woman. Mary Ann Parker made the voyage for her own interest and her husband's company. Her account provides important insight into the life and interests of a woman undertaking what was then the longest and most dangerous voyage on earth.
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Parkin, Ray
H.M. Bark Endeavour
Miegunyah Press, Carlton South Vic., 1999.
Third revised edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine and upper board titling and a burgundy ribbon; 468pp., with many tables, charts and black & white illustrations, and 15 folding ship schematics in a sympathetically styled, gilt-titled box, all in a labelled slipcase. Minor spotting to the top edge of the text volume; some minor rubbing to the slipcase. Very good. Ray Parkin lived a harrowing life at sea: in 1928 he joined the Royal Australian Navy and served an eighteen-year stint which saw his ship, the HMAS Perth, torpedoed in 1942 by the Japanese, after which he was interned in a POW camp and worked on the Burma-Siam railway and later as an indentured coalminer in Japan. After his rescue and later retirement, he dedicated his life to writing the definitive overview of HM's Bark The Endeavour, a project in which he was wholeheartedly supported by J.C. Beaglehole, Captain Cook's premier biographer. The result of twenty-five years of painstaking research, is this astonishing book, which outlines everything there is to know about this ship, perhaps the most famous nautical craft in Australia's history. The work contains not only a plethora of maps and schematics, but also a composite log of her journeys, interweaving the records of many of those who travelled onboard, edited by Parkin, as well as a list of myriad facts about the craft right down to what she would have smelt like. Did she have a lightning rod? How many strands of yarn were there in her ship's cable? What was the diameter of her main mast? All of this and an unbelievable amount more is contained herein.
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Plowman, Peter
Emigrant Ships to Luxury Liners Passenger Ships to Australia and New Zealand 1945 -1990
NSW University Press, Kensington NSW, 1992.
First edition: quarto; hardcover, with gilt spine titles and decorative endpapers; 296pp., with 8pp. of colour plates and many monochrome illustrations. Moderate wear; somewhat shaken and rolled; spine extremities softened; minor spotting to the text block edges; mild offset to the preliminaries. Dustwrapper a little rubbed and edgeworn; small tear to the spine panel head and upper flap-turn with associated creasing; old price sticker to the lower panel; now professionally protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film. Very good. Every ship which visited Australia or New Zealand between 1946-1990 is described here; where and when it was built, tonnage, dimensions, service speed and method of propulsion. Also included are stories of the owners and builders, the crew and the often hapless passengers who sailed in them.
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Preston, Diana
Paradise in Chains The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia
Bloomsbury USA/Bloomsbury Publishing Plc., New York NY, 2017.
First edition. Octavo; hardcover, with gilt spine titles; 335pp., with a map and 16pp. of colour plates. Dustwrapper. Remainder. New. The story of the mutiny of the Bounty and William Bligh and his men's survival on the open ocean for 48 days and 3,618 miles has become the stuff of legend. But few realize that Bligh's escape across the seas was not the only open-boat journey in that era of British exploration and colonization. Indeed, 9 convicts from the Australian penal colony, led by Mary Bryant, also travelled 3,250 miles across the open ocean and some uncharted seas to land at the same port Bligh had reached only months before. In this meticulously researched dual narrative of survival, Diana Preston provides the background and context to explain the thrilling open-boat voyages each party survived and the Pacific Island nations each encountered on their journey to safety. As the story evolves, readers come to understand the Pacific Islands as they were and as they were perceived, and how these seemingly utopian lands became a place where mutineers, convicts, and eventually the natives themselves, were chained.
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Terry, Martin
Maritime Paintings of Early Australia, 1788-1900
Miegunyah Press/Melbourne University Press, Carlton South, Vic., Australia, 1998.
Quarto; hardcover; 114pp., with many full-colour illustrations. Minor wear. Dustwrapper mildly rubbed; sunned lightly along the spine. Very good. Australia is a nation whose modern incarnation has its roots in the sea. The first white artists to come to these shores had a clear-stated duty to observe and record the country to which they had been sent, noting landscapes, flora and fauna: oftentimes, their images depict ships and other nautical phenomena as a means of stressing the distant origins of their subjects. Artists without such duties imposed on their creativity often painted images of ships at sea or battling storms, underscoring the faraway notions of "home". Throughout the European occupation of Australia, the sea and its accoutrements has been an important subject for artists to capture: this volume covers a wide range of exponents, their schools, and their techniques in exhibiting the breadth of maritime imagery which this country has produced.
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