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Reminiscences of Queensland 1862-1869   By: (1843-1903)

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Reminiscences of Queensland 1862-1869 is a captivating memoir written by W. H. Corfield, a prominent figure in the early development of Queensland, Australia. Corfield takes readers on an unforgettable journey, recounting his experiences and adventures during an era of remarkable transformation and progress.

The book starts by shedding light on the author's arrival in Queensland, a sparsely populated region at the time, in search of opportunity and new beginnings. Corfield's vivid descriptions paint a vivid picture of the untamed wilderness and the challenges faced by early settlers. With an astute eye for detail, the author brings to life the hardships, triumphs, and defining moments of Queensland's formative years.

Corfield's storytelling prowess lies in his ability to transport the reader back in time, skillfully recreating the vibrant scenes of bustling goldfields, remote outback settlements, and the birth of rapidly growing towns. His encounters with the indigenous people of Queensland hold particular significance, as he explores the complex dynamics between settlers and the Aboriginal populations.

One of the book's prominent features is its intimate portrayal of life during this period. Corfield delves into the social fabric of Queensland, writing candidly about the diverse cast of characters he encountered – from pioneers and prospectors to scoundrels and visionaries. His anecdotes are both entertaining and enlightening, offering valuable insights into the triumphs and flaws of a society in the making.

Throughout the book, Corfield demonstrates his deep admiration for Queensland's natural beauty and vast resources. From the majestic coastlines to the expansive rainforests, readers are captivated by the author's ability to capture the essence of the region's breathtaking landscapes. These descriptions, coupled with Corfield's personal reflections, showcase his genuine love for Queensland and his desire to see it flourish.

One of the book's few shortcomings may lie in Corfield's occasional tendency to indulge in nostalgia, which may deter readers seeking a more balanced historical account. However, this is easily forgiven as Corfield's passion and enthusiasm for his subject matter shine through, making it an enjoyable read overall.

Reminiscences of Queensland 1862-1869 is an important addition to the historical literature on Queensland and offers a unique perspective on its early development. Corfield's memoir acts as a time capsule, transporting readers to an era of exploration, self-discovery, and societal transformation. This book is a must-read for history enthusiasts, both for its valuable historical insights and for the sheer pleasure of embarking on a mesmerizing journey through the Queensland of yesteryears.

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[Illustration: THE AUTHOR. 1890.]

Reminiscences of Queensland 1862 1899.





Printed by H. Pole & Co. Limited, Elizabeth Street, Brisbane.

To the Men and Women of the North and West.

To those who Blazed the Trail, and to those who Followed.


The reasons for this book are as follow: Whilst talking over early days with Mr. Courtenay Luck, the popular Secretary of the Commercial Travellers' Club, that gentleman suggested that I should write a paper, to be read at a meeting of the Historical Society of Queensland.

In writing that paper, so many long forgotten men, places and incidents came back to memory that I thought my reminiscences might prove interesting to others. I may be occasionally incorrect in dates, or in the sequence of events, but I relate facts and personal experiences. As they are, I leave them to the kind consideration of readers.


Sandgate, October, 1920.

Reminiscences of Queensland 1862 1899.


As it is in the blood of most Englishmen from the "West Country" to seek adventure abroad, it is little wonder that the visit of an uncle from Australia strengthened a desire I felt to seek my fortune in that country... Continue reading book >>

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