Item #3356 Further Papers Relative to the Recent Discovery of Gold in Australia. In continuation of papers presented to Parliament February 3, 1852. Presented to both houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, June 14, 1852. Sir Charles Augustus FITZROY, Charles Joseph LA TROBE.
Further Papers Relative to the Recent Discovery of Gold in Australia. In continuation of papers presented to Parliament February 3, 1852. Presented to both houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, June 14, 1852.
Further Papers Relative to the Recent Discovery of Gold in Australia. In continuation of papers presented to Parliament February 3, 1852. Presented to both houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, June 14, 1852.

Further Papers Relative to the Recent Discovery of Gold in Australia. In continuation of papers presented to Parliament February 3, 1852. Presented to both houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty, June 14, 1852.

London: Eyre and Spottiswoode for HMSO, 1852. Foolscap quarto, recent plain navy buckram, viii, 132 pp. (last blank). A very good copy from the office of the Colonial Secretary of New Zealand. An informative collection of despatches by the colonial governors at the height of the Australian gold rush era. Equally rich in technical detail and historical anecdote, the dispatches cover all manner of subjects from geological surveys through to public law and order challenges. Of special interest is the ongoing problem of sailors from merchant ships deserting in droves to try their luck on the goldfields, sometimes leaving ships stranded in Port Philip and Sydney Cove for want of able men.

Of special interest is a fine large engraved Arrowsmith map of New South Wales, Victoria and the eastern portion of South Australia. The map measures 635 x 550 mm. and is titled The South Eastern portion of Australia compiled from the Colonial surveys and from details furnished by exploration expeditions by John Arrowsmith. Dated 2nd June 1852, and sold from his premises at 10 Soho Square, it is similar to other large format Arrowsmith maps of south-eastern Australia issued in the early fifties. However, this issue is noteworthy for the delineation of gold bearing fields (with contemporary handcolouring), based on field reports sent to London by the explorer and Surveyor-General Sir Thomas Mitchell.

Although only four pages treat gold discoveries in Van Diemen's Land, this in itself is evidence of the zeal with which the entirety of eastern Australia was prospected. Furthermore, an appendix of six pages prints recent Acts of the Parliament of Victoria to mitigate the social disorder created by the gold-rushes. These include limitations of gambling and the use of obscene language, restrictions on public houses and the sale of liquor, and new restraints on the unauthorised mining of waste lands owned by the Crown. Item #3356

Price (AUD): $450.00