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A Voyage to Port Phillip and Van Diemen's Land with Governor Collins

by: A. W. H. Humphrey
published by: The Banks Society

Adolarius William Henry Humphrey witnessed two historic events in the colonisation of southern Australia: the landing of David Collins at Port Phillip in 1803, and the founding of Hobart Town by Collins the following year.

Hymphrey's account begins with the voyage of the colonists on the Ocean from England, and contains the only known eyewitness description of its arrival at Port Phillip.

It goes on to describe the establishment of the short-lived settlement at Sullivan Bay, his voyage in the Lady Nelson to Port Dalrymple and the Tamar, the transfer of the settlement to the Derwent, and the founding of Hobart Town.

Humphrey also gives accounts of explorations with the botanist Robert Brown up the Derwent and Huon rivers and to the summit of Mount Wellington. He concludes with the construction by Humphrey and Lieutenant Edward Lord of the first house in Hobart Town and a description of the infant settlement in 1804.

RRP: $38

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