Australia : a popular account of its physical features, inhabitants, natural history and productions. : With the history of its colonization

Author: Angas, George French, 1822-1886.
Place: London
Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
Date Published: [1855] ((London : Printed by William Clowes and Sons))
Description: viii, 365 p., [7] leaves of plates : ill., col. map (folded) ; 16 cm.
Provenance: York Gate Library
Call Number: rgsp 919.4043 A581 1865
Online Resource: Open web link Open web link
Subject: Natural history--Australia
Australia--Pictorial works
Australia--Discovery and exploration
Australia--Social life and customs--19th century
Contents: Preface -- Australia: introductory remarks -- Geographical features and physical aspect of the colony -- Climate, rainfall, droughts and floods, hot winds, &c. -- The Aboriginal inhabitants -- Natural history: mammals -- Natural history: birds -- Natural history: reptiles, fishes, insects, and mollusks -- Botany: trees, shrubs, and flowering plants -- Discoveries of the early voyagers -- New South Wales -- Tasmania -- Western Australia -- South Australia: the new settlement at Adam Bay -- Victoria -- Queensland -- Penal settlements: the convict system, transportation -- Pastoral pursuits, and bush life in Australia -- The goldfields, and effects of the gold discoveries -- Explorations of the interior -- Evans, Oxley, Hovell and Hume, Cunningham, Sturt, Mitchell, Strzelecki, Grey -- Progress of exploration: Eyre, Leichhardt, Sturt, Kennedy, Gregory, Burke and Wills, Stuart, McKinlay -- On the foundation, progress, and present state of the church throughout the Australian colonies
Australiana: Australiana
Biography: Colonial artist, writer and naturalist. George French Angas's portrayals of early colonial Australia and New Zealand and their peoples, largely watercolours and lithographs, are some of the most detailed and interesting in existence, valued today for their anthropological and sociological significance as well as for their artistic merit. He also wrote many books, which include accounts of his travels and Australian and New Zealand history. Angas came out to Australia when he was still only a young man. He lived in South Australia for some time but did not stay. The RGSSA's collection includes some unique works by him, including some watercolours he sold to S.W. Silver in 1876 for thirty pounds when he was short of money, back in England. Further details of his life are available from the ADB & SA Museum (see the links)
Notes: Spine title: Australia. Preface, p. viii, signed G.F.A. [I.e., George French Angas] "Sold at the depositories: 77, Great Queen Street; Lincoln's Inn Fields; 4, Royal Exchange; 48, Picadilly; and by all booksellers." "N.D. (1855)" --Ferguson. (York Gate Library catalogue suggests 1865). First plate, a folded coloured map (Australia. 1 in.: 200 English statute miles. London : Published by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge), forms frontispiece; 6 b&w plates in body of text. Binding: plum blind-stamped cloth boards.
Cited: Ferguson, 5999 York Gate Library, 4980