Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist

Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist

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An informative and readable narrative of early bush life in the colony.

Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist

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H. W. Wheelwright (1815-65), hunter, naturalist and writer, migrated to Australia in 1852, at the time of the Victorian gold rushes. Unsuccessful on the diggings, he decided to make a living in the bush and became a professional shooter of game. His experiences in the Victorian bush are recounted in Bush Wanderings of a Naturalist; or, notes on the field sports and fauna of Australia Felix, which he wrote under the pseudonym of 'An Old Bushman'. This handbook for the rambler is regarded now as one of the most informative and readable narratives of early bush life in the colony. It contains information on local animals, birds, reptiles, insects and fish, and practical notes on how to catch joeys for pets, make possum rugs or platypus tobacco pouches and cure kangaroo hams.

Although Wheelwright was himself a strong advocate of regulations to protect animals and birds during their breeding seasons, his book reveals how widespread was the slaughter of wildlife by the mid-1850s. It will be of great interest to readers interested in conservation, bushwalking and the early history of Victoria. First published in 1861.

Hard cover, 272pgs, index. Very good, few marks on jacket. .

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Short Description An informative and readable narrative of early bush life in the colony.
Weight (g) 382.0000
Author H.W. Wheelwright
Publisher Oxford University Press
Date Published 1979
ISBN 0195542266
Size 190mm x 130mm

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