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  The Minerva Journal of John Washington Price: A Voyage From Cork, Ireland, to Sydney, New South Wales, 1798-1800
Minerva Journal of John Washington Price

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Our Price: AU$69.95 Inc GST
Media: BOOK - hardcover, 318 pages
Author: P. Fulton
Year: 2000
Other Data: colour photos, maps
ISBN: 9780522848502

Availability: Out of Print
Product Code: WIL133
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John Washington Price was the surgeon of the transport Minerva which sailed from Cork for Sydney in 1799 carrying 200 convicts. Many of them were United Irishmen transported for their role in the 1798 rebellion. Price had trained at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin. When they set sail he was 21, well educated, with a keen awareness of the world around him. His journal is lively, copious and detailed. It covers the entire voyage both to and from Sydney. Price was an acute observer of people and his journal is full of minutiae about convicts, sailors and soldiers, and the flora and fauna encountered along the way. During the voyage Price received 'lessons in drawing and natural history' from a fellow-traveller, the artist John William Lewin, and a highlight of the journal is the inclusion of Price's 29 watercolour illustrations. These exquisite little works, which are sometimes reminiscent of Lewin, include unique and important scenes of Sydney, the first Government House, the indigenous people and the native fauna. In Sydney, where he stayed for a month, Price was a frequent visitor to Government House. He met such leading figures as Bennelong, Dr Balmain, D'Arcy Wentworth, George Barrington and the Reverend Samuel Marsden, and his observations of town life contain a great deal of previously unrecorded information.

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Chapter 1: Cover and Cork
Chapter 2: Rebellion and aftermath
Chapter 3: Cork to Rio de Janeiro
Chapter 4: Ashore at Rio de Janeiro
Chapter 5: Rio de Janeiro to Port Jackson
Chapter 6: Ashore at Sydney and Parramatta
Chapter 7: Towards the tropics
Chapter 8: Dampier Strait
Chapter 9: The Moluccas to Calcutta

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