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Author Name:    EVANS, William JENKINS, Joseph

Title:   Diary of a Welsh Swagman 1869-1894

Publisher:    Melbourne, Sun Books, 1987, ISBN:0725102462 

Seller ID:   100565

EVANS, William, (ed.). Diary of a Welsh Swagman 1869-1894. Melbourne : Sun Books, (1987). Fourth Sun Books Printing. Pp (8),[ix]-xviii,(2),[1]-216,(4). Illustrated. 8vo, yellow cardcovers. "Joseph Jenkins arrived at Port Melbourne on 22 March 1869 and began a series of diaries which were to become aunique account of life in Colonial Australia. Working on farms in the Ball arat and Castlemaine area, 'old Joe' kept his diaries for twenty-five years. They reveal both rural life during one of the major formative eras of Australian history and the absorbing character of Joe the diarist. He was an unusual swagman, a real battler: he is appalled at the price of bread; he comments sternly on government policies and mismanagement; he suffers from toothache; registers with dismay the bloodshed of the wars in Europe and he tramps for miles in search of work.... The discovery of the diaries, which had lain undisturbed in the attic of a Welsh farmhouse for more than seventyyears, has provided a rare and penetrating glimpse of Colonial life in Que en Victoria's time." - rear cover. Spine lightly sunned. gift inscription, else very good. 25.00


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