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John Bull's Vineyard: Australian Sketches

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John Bull's Vineyard: Australian Sketches by Hubert de Castella is a charming and insightful collection of sketches that provide a fascinating glimpse into life in late 19th century Australia. The author, a Swiss winemaker who settled in Victoria, brings a unique perspective to his observations of the Australian way of life.

De Castella's writing is rich in detail and his vivid descriptions transport the reader to the vineyards and towns he visits. His keen eye for the nuances of Australian society and his ability to capture the essence of the people he encounters make each sketch a delightful read.

The sketches cover a wide range of topics, from the practicalities of winemaking to the quirks of Australian wildlife and the characters he meets along the way. De Castella's sense of humor shines through in his writing, adding a lightness to the overall tone of the book.

Overall, John Bull's Vineyard is a delightful read that offers a unique perspective on Australian life in the late 19th century. De Castella's charming sketches will appeal to history buffs, wine enthusiasts, and anyone interested in gaining insight into the cultural landscape of colonial Australia.

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An account of the origins of the wine industry in Victoria, Australia. Born in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Hubert de Castella was one of a number of friends of Governor Latrobe's wife to emigrate to Victoria. Finding the soil and climate suited to the production of fine wines, de Castella pioneered the growth of the wine industry in the state. - Summary by Philip Benson

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