Australia : its rise, progress, and present condition

Westgarth, William Australia : its rise, progress, and present condition. Edinburgh, Scotland: Adam and Charles Black, 1861.

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Author Westgarth, William
Title Australia : its rise, progress, and present condition
Place of Publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publisher Adam and Charles Black
Publication year 1861
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Series Archive CD Books Australia collection
Language eng
Total number of pages 256
Formatted Abstract/Summary
PREFACE (Extract)
THE present volume consists chiefly of the articles Australasia and Australia of the " Encyclopaedia Britannica." These articles have been revised or rewritten, so as to bring down to the present time the information upon this eventful part of our empire. This circumstance explains the particular form in which the subject is cast. Although not the usual mode of
treating a historical subject, it is yet a mode perhaps almost a necessity in describing colonies, whose fast young life, if one may so speak, quickly obliterates the past in the tumult and progress of the present, and confines the interest almost to the particulars of the last year, if not even of the last mail. This more recent information is here given by way of an introduction,
in a collective view of the whole subject. To make room for this introductory sketch, the former articles upon each separate colony have been considerably curtailed, so as to dispense with what has already, even in their brief span of history, ceased to be of general interest. These articles have been revised and continued with the more recent statistics and other information pertaining to each. In particular, the article on Victoria, the colony that has become most prominent by its development, both political and commercial, which article was lately entirely rewritten by the present author, has been
again revised, and partly rewritten ; while that on South Australia has been amended by a gentleman lately a distinguished resident of that colony. The Supplement is a paper which the author prepared for the late meeting at Manchester of the British Association, but at which he was unable to be present.
Keyword Australia
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
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