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  • Rare Shipwreck Item -T. H. Farrer – “Report upon the Formal Investigation held before the Wreck Commissioner into the Supposed Loss of the British Sailing Ship ‘Great Queensland’ of London” – 1877

    Rare Shipwreck Item -T. H. Farrer – “Report upon the Formal Investigation held before the Wreck Commissioner into the Supposed Loss of the British Sailing Ship ‘Great Queensland’ of London” – 1877

    A report pertaining to the matter of a formal investigation held at Westminster on the 9th, 10th and 11th of April 1877, before H. C. Rothery, Wreck Commissioner, assisted by Colonel Younghusband [A Voyager hero], Admiral Powell and Captain Jones, Nautical Assessors, into the circumstances attending the supposed loss of the British sailing ship, ‘Great Queensland‘ of London.

    The Great Queensland, lost from August 12th 1876 on her journey from Grave’s End to Melbourne and last seen off the coast of France, is the subject of a deep investigation as to the possible cause for her disappearance.

    The circumstances of the loss unknown, this report considers in narrative detail the possibility of the ship encountering storms in the region, as well as the crew, cargo and in particular stowage of gunpowder. The report explores potential circumstances for the loss using testimony from chemical experts and eyewitnesses.

    What took the Great Queensland?

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  • “Inquiry into the ‘Jason’ Case” – Correspondence presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command – 1873

    “Inquiry into the ‘Jason’ Case” – Correspondence presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command – 1873

    This detailed inquiry considers the facts of the ‘Jason‘ case.

    Capt. John William Coath, master of the Jason was convicted of kidnapping nine men a short distance from the island of Api and removing them to Maryborough, Queensland, taking them by force out of a canoe, which was afterword hauled aboard the boat and destroyed.

    The inquiry results from a petition put forward by 390 men for the remission of Capt. Coath’s sentence, five years imprisonment in Brisbane Gaol. The petition consists of correspondence and testimony under the Oath’s Act 1867 from crewmen and from two of the alleged kidnapping victims.

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  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland – 1904

    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland – 1904

    Printed for the society by H. Pole & Co Elizabeth Street Brisbane 1904. 213; xiiipp. 8vo. Original wrappers. 7 Black and white plates in sound condition – repair to front wrapper.

    Excellent articles by F. Manson Bailey on Contributions to the New Guinea Flora; J. Douglas Ogilby on Studies in the Ichthyology of Queensland; John Thomson on Colour Sight and Colour Blindness; Joseph Lauterer on Naturalised and Acclimatised plants in various parts of the world; W. R. Colledge on Notes on the “Scots Gray” Mosquito; Hon A. Norton on Notes on Travel 1859-60 (From Sydney Westwards and down the Darling River); Hon A. Norton on From Sydney to Bathurst in 1822; A. Jefferis Turner on A Preliminary revision of the Australian Thyrididae and Pyralidae; J. Douglas Ogilby on Australian Crocodiles.

    Royal Society of Queensland – 1904

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  • My Tropic Isle – Banfield – First Edition

    My Tropic Isle – Banfield – First Edition

    My Tropic Isle E.J. Banfield – 1911. A good only copy of the extremely rare first edition of “My Tropic Isle” with its rich front cover impression. Published in London in 1911 this is Banfield’s follow up to “Confessions of a Beachcomber” and a most interesting book on the natural history of Dunk along with the authors usual anecdotes and observations that make his writing something special.

    Very rare E.J. Banfield

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  • The Fire Stick – A Tale of Australian Bush Life – Merri, Wulla – 1893

    The Fire Stick – A Tale of Australian Bush Life – Merri, Wulla – 1893

    The Fire Stick

    Incidents in the Shearer’s Strike – A Tale of Australian Bush Life – Merri, Wulla – 1893 An important anti-union novel, allegedly written by the politician John Cameron under a pseudonym and based on the Shearer’s Strike inQueenslandin the early 1890’s. The pictorial image on the front board is of a woolshed being burnt down. Very good condition and an important item in any Australiana collection.

    Shearers Strike 1890’s good condition

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  • The Second Census of Queensland – 1864

    The Second Census of Queensland – 1864

    The Second Census of The Colony of Queensland – 1864  Printed in Brisbane in 1864, Registrar General Darvall produced the Second Census of Queensland. The population of the State (excluding aborigines) had doubled in three years to 61,467. Brisbane had likewise doubled in population whilst Rockhampton was four times more populous. 60% were male although in urban areas the discrepancy was less than 4% leaving the rural position fairly dire for a young man at near two to one. A high proportion could not read or write and it was noted that an improvement since the first census was due to the impact of educated migrants. Temporary housing was a feature although the report takes a positive read on the proportion of the population actively involved in wealth generation – a lesson perhaps for current bureaucrats.

     

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