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Excursions and Adventures in New South Wales
With Pictures of Squatting and of Life in the Bush by John Henderson in 2 volumes (1851)


Notwithstanding the number of works which have been written on New South Wales, it has appeared to me that none of them has given that kind of information which is most useful to the intending emigrant, and most interesting to those at home, who have relatives unfortunate enough to live in the lone and far bush,—such a distinct account of the actual experiences of a settler, as would enable the stranger arriving in the colony to form a due estimate of what he has to bear, and what he ought to avoid.

In the following pages I have endeavoured to give a general outline of my life and proceedings in the colony; pointing out the discomforts, annoyances, losses, and dangers, to which the settler is exposed, and showing the recompense to which, in the long run, he may look forward. Should I be so fortunate as to suggest any useful hints for the guidance of those who are about to emigrate, or to enable the friends whom they leave behind to appreciate their position, and their chances of success in Australia, I shall consider myself amply repaid for my labours. And with this advice I conclude: —Let no one who can live at home be too eager to seek his fortune in a distant land.

London, December, 1850

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