The Australian Emigrant's Manual.
Or, a Guide to the Gold Colonies of New South Wales and Port Phillip.London: Partridge and Oakey, 1852 Stock Code: 124858
First edition, first issue. Lang (1799-1878), the son of a small Renfrewshire landowner, was one of the most influential and controversial figures in early Australian politics. He emigrated in 1823 and became Sydney's first Presbyterian minister; in 1832 he formed the presbytery of New South Wales, and established the synod of New South Wales in 1850; his election to the colony's legislative council in 1843 was the beginning of a political career which lasted until 1869 and during which he achieved almost all of his professed aims: "the end of transportation, the separation of Victoria and Queensland, the introduction of responsible and democratic government, radical land reform, national education, and the abolition of state aid to religion" (ODNB). He made numerous return visits to England with the aim of promoting emigration, and the general theme of his numerous books, pamphlets and newspaper articles, in evidence here, is that "the grinding poverty of Britain could be relieved by the boundless opportunities in Australia" (ibid).
Octavo in half-sheets (169 x 113 mm). Modern purple morocco-backed boards, raised bands to spine, lettered and ruled in gilt, red-purple cloth sides.
Contemporary ownership inscription to title page. A few pencil annotations in the text. Otherwise a fine copy.
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