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Opals and Agates: Memories of Fifty Years of Australia and Polynesia

N. Bartley

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Published in 1892 at Brisbane, Nehemiah Bartley's 'Opals and Agates' records memories of fifty years of Australia and Polynesia.

Published in 1892 at Brisbane, Nehemiah Bartley's 'Opals and Agates' records memories of fifty years of Australia and Polynesia.

'At the suggestion of friends, I have herein collated, for publication, some rambling recollections, drawn from a diary that was first started in 1846. I hold that, neither the era of Dampier (circa 1690), nor of Cook (in 1770), nor of Macquarie (in 1820), bears so deep an interest for posterity as those fateful, stirring years, during which, thanks to her gold, Australia rose, from being a mere convicts' wilderness, to become one of the most advanced and interesting countries in the world'.

The book touches on life in Baghdad, Tahiti, Eimeo, Raiatea, Samoa, Caroline Island, Honolulu, Norfolk Island, and the eastern Australian states. Bartley describes a diverse range of topics including the birth of Queensland, a cattle trip to Cape York, an early journey to the Burnett and Darling Downs, Australian shells and butterflies, Australian folklore, international cricket, the Melbourne Cup, Krakatoa earthquake (1883) and mosquito baiting. A fascinating insight into life in the second half of the 1800s.

He also mentions many of the early settlers – the Adsetts, Joshua P Bell, Wm Anthony Brown, Thomas Binney, Noah Beal, Pollet Cardew, John Croft, Delpard family, Sylvester Diggles, Sir Wm Denison, A C Gregory, Ralph Gore, Norman Leith Hay, Joshua Jeays, Job Pratten and many, many more.

This ebook is a the same as the CD version from Archive Digital Books Australasia which is available from Gould Genealogy & other retailers. This CD contains high quality scanned images of the whole original volume, and has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

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Publisher Archive Digital Books Australia
Author N. Bartley
Date (1892) 2010
Pages 341

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