In the Early Days: History and Incident of Pioneer Queensland
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (400 pages)
Author: J. Knight
Year: (1895) 2007
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia
J.J. Knight compiled this unique history of Queensland in 1895. The 22 chapters of this book give information on the happenings of the region up until 1894. It truly is a goldmine of information.
Starting with Captain Flinders and the early settlers, it then gives information on how men were punished, workers wages, female prisoners, various trials, land sales, experiences of a jockey, the Brisbane survey, aborigines, murders, races, arrival of the 'Fortitude', roads, the arrival of orphan girls, newspapers, wrecks of various ships, and the 'election incident'. The separation of Queensland from New South Wales is also covered as is trade with New Caledonia, various floods, Dr Lang's visits, Norfolk Island pirates, and almost everything else.
This book is enhanced by the 'Table of Events' section which totals 37 pages, and details everyday happenings of Queensland in chronological order. Starting in 1606, and continuing through to 1894, here is an amazing timeline.
SAMPLE ENTRIES (from the chronology):
1850, Feb 28 - First letter carrier appointed, salary £30
1852, July 30 - Dr. Allan (surgeon 'Argyll'), first mate and immigrant drowned off Dunwich
1861, Jan 4 - Election first Toowoomba Municipal Council - Groom (51 votes), M'Carthy (4), Berkman (35), Shuttlewood (31), Boulton (30), Robertson (26), Annand (25), Peardon (24), Ryan (23); Groom, Mayor
1875, Nov 18 - First telegraphic message despatched from Cooktown towards the Palmer Goldfield was received at a station 85 miles distant
1891, Jan 6 - Practically the first note in the disastrous shearer's strike was sounded on this date by the refusal of 200 men to sign on under the new Pastoralists' agreement at Logan Downs [this entry continues for a whole column]
Everyone with an interest in early Australian history, particularly Queensland, will not only enjoy this book, but will learn fascinating facts about Queensland and its past.
High quality scanned images of the whole of the original book. This CD has been bookmarked for easy navigation, and pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.
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