Present Picture of New South Wales
Convicted of forgery at the age of 23, David Dickenson Mann narrowly escaped hanging and was transported instead to New South Wales, where he arrived in 1799. Three years later he received a full pardon and was soon working in the secretary's office of the colonial government. Mann fell foul of Governor Wiliam Bligh and was about to leave for England, but in 1808 found himself in favour with the rebel government that deposed him. The Present Picture of New South Wales, dedicated to the recently arrived Governor John Hunter, gives a detailed account of the colony . It includes a brief history, an A-Z encyclopedia of political and economic progress and Mann's own ideas on the future development of New South Wales. Mann returned to England in 1809, where he published his book in 1811, dying in the same year.
First Page:THE PRESENT PICTURE OF NEW SOUTH WALES, 1811 ILLUSTRATED WITH FOUR LARGE COLOURED VIEWS, FROM DRAWINGS TAKEN ON THE SPOT, OF SYDNEY, THE SEAT OF GOVERNMENT: WITH A PLAN OF THE COLONY, TKEN FROM ACTUAL SURVEY BY PUBLIC AUTHORITY.
BY D. D. MANN MANY YEARS RESIDENT IN SEVERAL OFFICIAL SITUATIONS.
London, 1811 SOLD BY JOHN BOOTH, DUKE STREET, PORTLAND PLACE
Discovery of New South Wales. Arrival of a Colony there from England. Obstructions calculated to retard the Progress of the Settlement. Departure of Governor Phillip. Intervening Governors, until the Arrival of John Hunter, Esq. and his Assumption of the Government. Printing Press set up. Cattle lost, and Discovery of their Progeny in a wild State. Playhouse opened. Houses numbered. Assessments for the building of a Country Gaol. Town Clock at Sidney. Natives. Convicts. Improvement of the Colony. Seditious Dispositions of the Convicts. Departure of Governor Hunter. His Character and Government. Comparison of Stock, etc. Governor King assumes the Command of the Settlement Table of Specie Vessel laden with Spirits sent away... Continue reading book >>
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