Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet in January 1788. He was in his late twenties, a captain of the marines, and on the adventure of his life. Insatiably curious, with a natural genius for storytelling, Tench wrote two enthralling accounts o the infant colony: 'A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay' and 'A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson'. This book comprises both of these publications into one handy volume.
Tench brings to life the legendary figures of Bennelong, Arabanoo and Governor Phillip, and records the voices of convicts trying to make new lives in their new country.
These two classic accounts, the first originally published in 1796, the second in 1793, have been through many printings over the centuries. The publishers of this latest edition, have brought together both wonderful accounts, and have put them together in the one book .. for your convenience.
Contents: Review:Not to have read Watkin Tench is not to know early Australia. An eye that noticed everything, a young man's verve, a sly wit, an elegant prose style - all brought to bear on an unimagined place and a very strange micro society. This is the most readable classic of early Australian history.
The Extraordinary Watkin Tench by Tim Flannery
Book One: A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay
Book Two: A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson
A List of the Civil and Military Establishments in New South Wales
- Robert Hughes