A Geographical Description of Australasia, Comprising New Holland, Van Diemen's Land, New South Wales, the Swan River Settlement, &c. &c and Including a Faithful Account of the First Discoveries: Being the Cheapest, Most Comprehensive, and Eligible Emigrant's Guiide to the the New Settlement on the Swan River Hitherto Published

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Joseph Noble, 1830 - Australia - 74 pages
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Page 73 - It seems to me, that when the animalcules, which form the corals at the bottom of the ocean, cease to live, their structures adhere to each other, by virtue either of the glutinous remains within, or of some property in salt water; and the interstices being gradually filled up with sand and broken pieces of coral washed by the sea, which also adhere, a mass of rock is at length formed. Future races of these animalcules erect their habitations upon the rising bank, and die in their turn to increase,...
Page 5 - ... per acre for all the land not so cultivated or improved, into the public chest of the settlement; and, at the expiration of seven years more, so much of the whole grant as shall still remain in an uncultivated or unimproved state, will revert absolutely to the Crown.
Page 72 - ... some cases were still separable from it without much force. The upper part of the island is a mixture of the same substances in a loose state with a little vegetable soil ; and is covered with the casuarina and a variety of other trees and shrubs, which give food to parroquets, pigeons, and some other birds, to whose ancestors, it is probable, the island was originally indebted for this vegetation.
Page 38 - ... earth, is unquestionably due to the Dutch; for, although some part of the northern coast may have been seen by the early navigators of Spain and Portugal, there is no direct testimony in favour of such discovery. There are two charts in the British Museum which belonged to the Harleian collection, one French, without date, which was probably the original, and the other English, apparently a copy ; the latter is dedicated to the King of England, and bears date 1542 ; in both of these charts is...
Page 74 - ... visit it and deposit the seeds of shrubs and trees; every high tide, and still more every gale, adds something to the bank; the form of an island is gradually assumed ; and last of all comes man to take possession.
Page 72 - In fact, as soon as the edge of the reef is high enough to lay hold of the floating sea-wreck, or for a bird to perch upon, the island may be said to commence. The dung of birds, feathers, wreck of all kinds cocoa-nuts floating with the young plant out of the shell, are the first rudiments of the new.island.
Page 3 - His Majesty's Government do not intend to incur any expense in conveying settlers to the New Colony on the Swan River...
Page 68 - I, Captain Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, say that with this I have presented to your majesty eight memorials touching the country of Australia Incognita, without to this time any resolution being taken with me, nor any reply made me, nor hope given to assure me that I shall be...
Page 17 - Swan River, I hesitate not in pronouncing it superior to any I ever saw in New South Wales east of the Blue Mountains, not only in its local character but in the many existing advantages, which it holds out to Settlers; these advantages I consider to be: First — The evident superiority of the Soil.
Page 18 - In the summer months they frequent the sea-coast, where their skill in spearing fish is described as quite wonderful. In winter they mostly adhere to the woods on the higher grounds, where the kangaroos, the opossum tribe, and the land tortoises are plentiful. These, with birds and roots, constitute their sustenance. They have neither boat nor raft, nor did the party fall in with any thing resembling a hut. They made use of the word ' kangaroo' and other terms in use at Port Jackson. The party saw...

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