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Savage life and scenes in Australia and New Zealand: Being an artist’s impression of countries and people at the antipodes. George French Angas (1847)

“The 10th of April was a sultry day; the ranges to the eastward of Adelaide were to be crossed… Burr, Bonney, Gisborne, and myself, all in “bush” costume, with tether-ropes and pannikins slung to our saddles, jogged on through the winding paths and beneath the rich shadows of the stringy-bark forests, till long after the […]

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A voyage round the world, performed in the years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, by the Boussole and Astrolabe, under the command of J. F. G. de la Pérouse… 1798-1799.

Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse was born in France in 1741. As a teenager he studied at a Jesuit College, before joining the French navy where he became a successful seaman and navigator. Early in his career he participated in numerous supply expeditions and battles, one of which – the Battle of Quiberon […]

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The golden calendar. With a perpetual almanac; illustrated by Walter Severn, and with new poems by various authors (Undated but c1864)

Born at Frascati, just south-east of Rome, Walter Severn was one of six children.  He and his brother Arthur, who would go on to become an established watercolour painter, attended Westminster School.  Though he showed a lively interest in sports such as boxing and rowing, he developed a fondness for art from an early age, […]

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