The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand From the Earliest Date to the Present Day

by William Howitt

Part of the Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania Series

The History of Discovery in Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand From the Earliest Date to the Present Day Synopsis

The prolific writer William Howitt (1792-1879) embarked for Australia in 1852 and spent two years there travelling and panning for gold. His experiences resulted in several books that appealed to the Victorian public's avid interest in Antipodean exploration. Published in 1865, when New Zealand had only been recognised as a country for a generation, this two-volume work describes 'scenes of danger and of wild romance, of heroic daring and devoted deaths, such as few countries have to show'. It gives a valuable account of early European exploration and settlement in Australia and New Zealand as well as insights into European travellers' responses to this previously unknown continent. Volume 2 begins in the mid-1840s, and focuses on the 1861 disappearance in Australia of Burke and Wills, the expeditions searching for them (including one led by Howitt's son), and visits to New Zealand by explorers including Charles Heaphy and Julius Haast.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781108029506
Publication date: 23rd June 2011
Author: William Howitt
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 488 pages
Categories: Australasian & Pacific history, History: earliest times to present day,

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