Colonial Adventures and Experiences

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (299 pages)
Author: G. Carrington
Year: (1871) 2010
ISBN: 9781742227399
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

Published in 1871 and written by 'A University Man' (George Carrington), this book aims, to set forth, in an entertaining way, something of the inner life, the everyday working experience of a colony, taking as my type the latest of the Australian colonies - Queensland.

He describes the hardships and trials of four years endured by an educated man forced to do what he could to earn his living – shovel-work, photographer, shepherd, stripping bark, and on the diggings. There are also chapters covering coolie labour in Queensland, 'blackfellows', the bush and its natural history, and Queensland’s goldfields. There are snapshots and mentions of many Queensland places including Brisbane, Port Denison, Townsville, (Cleveland Bay), Rockingham Bay, Fraser Island, Maryborough, Rockhampton, and Burke Town.


Coolie Labour in Queensland
I had better begin to explain the term 'coolie labour', as understood in some of our colonies, and to tell what I can about it.
Few people are, I believe, aware, that there has been carried on for some time, in Queensland and other colonies, an organized system of kidnapping, (immigration they call it,) from the South Sea Islands. That is to say, that large numbers of the islanders have been brought over from the islands to work on the cotton plantation

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.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

Click here to download a file of sample pages from this book. Right click on the link and select "save as" - to a location on your hard drive. The sampler can be opened, navigated and searched as with the full CD file/s. Sample files usually contain the title page, contents, some introductory pages and sample pages from the body of the book. Often the complete index from the original book is included.

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