An Octogenarian's Reminiscences

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (398 pages)
Author: J. Bonwick
Year: (1902) 2009
ISBN: 9781742226514
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

James Bonwick, a teacher, author, historian and archivist, was born in 1817 at Lingfield, Surrey, the son of a carpenter. Having worked and travelled around the world, James has written his memories. 

The book is divided into five parts:

His early life
 ... at the Old Boro' Road Boys' School, his further training and teaching at Leicester, Ipswich and Hemel Hempstead, Bexley and Liverpool, his marriage in 1840 and transition from England to the Normal School in Hobart, Tasmania in 1841

Life in Australia
Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as a teacher, gold digger, inspector, and author

His "retirement" in England
... worked as a Labour Agent for Emigration – about this time he produced his "Resources of Queensland" as a pamphlet for the colonial government. Around 1884, after his last trip to Australia, he commenced work as an archivist, initially for Queensland. His work on the records of New South Wales till his retirement in 1902 due to ill health was the basis for an "Official History"

World Wanderings
... details his travels to various lands – Egypt, America, Moscow, India, Italy, Sumatra, France, Tristan D'Acunha, Turkey, Sandwich Isles, Scotland, and Ireland

Family records

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.

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Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

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