Written in 1863 by Benjamin Arthur Heywood, this book describes the author's tour in 1861-1862 through Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, Queensland and New Zealand.
After an introductory chapter giving a brief historical sketch of the antipodes, Heywood describes his impressions of each of the places commenting on the travel, flora, fauna, government, cities, churches, charities, education, mines and much more. An excellent background read for anyone interested in the colonies during this period.
Brisbane at this time had only one regular street of houses, though many others were marked out, with isolated or small patches of buildings in them. It lies between North Brisbane and Kangaroo Point; which, however, are separated from it by the sharp bend of the river. The former is on low land, and is to be soon connected with the city by a bridge; whilst the latter is higher, and from it a good view of the metropolis may be obtained. An old windmill on a hill overhanging the heart of the metropolis is used as an Observatory; and signals on the arrival of vessels telegraphed from the mouth of the river, are hoisted there.
There is an excellent selection of plates, a map of eastern Australia showing routes of explorers with dates of discoveries, boundaries, colonies and place names and a map of New Zealand showing counties and locations of the eighteen native tribes.
This CD contains high quality scanned images of the original book, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.