Journal of Researches Into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.m.s. Beagle Round the World

 
9781150148224: Journal of Researches Into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.m.s. Beagle Round the World
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1908. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX AUSTRALIA Sydney--Excursion to Batburst--Aspect of the Woods--Party of Natives--Gradual extinction of the Aborigines--Infection generated by associated men in health--Blue Mountains--View of the grand gulf-like Valleys--Tbeir origin and formation--Bathurst, general civility of the lower orders--State of society --Van Diemen's Land-- Hobarl Town--Aborigines all banished--Mount Wellington--King George's Sound-- Cheerless aspect of the Country--Bald Head, calcareous casts of Branches of TreesParty of Natives--Leave Australia. January i2th, 1836.--Early in the morning a light air carried us towards the entrance of Port Jackson. Instead of beholding a verdant country, interspersed with fine houses, a straight line of yellowish cliff brought to our minds the coast of Patagonia. A solitary lighthouse, built of white stone, alone told us that we were near a great and populous city. Having entered the harbour, it appears fine and spacious, with cliff-formed shores of horizontally stratified sandstone. The nearly level country is covered with thin scrubby trees, bespeaking the curse of sterility. Proceeding further inland, the country improves : beautiful villas and nice cottages are here and there scattered along the beach. In the distance stone houses, two and three stories high, and windmills standing on the edge of a bank, pointed out to us the neighbourhood of the capital of Australia. At last we anchored within Sydney Cove. We found the little basin occupied by many large ships, and sur.-ounded by warehouses. In the evening I walked through ';he town, and returned full of admiration at the whole scene. It is a most magnificent testimony to the power of the British nation. Here, in a less promising country, scores of years have done many times mo...

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