The Life and Letters of Sir John Morphett. Compiled by his Grandson
Adelaide, Hassell Press [for the Author], 1936.
Octavo, xii, 167 pages plus 24 plates.
Cloth a little lightly flecked and scuffed; spine lightly sunned; edges a little foxed; a very good copy (without a dustwrapper, as issued).
Number 80 of only 100 copies numbered and signed by the author. This copy is also inscribed and signed to Frank Downer, brother of Sir John Downer (1843-1915). Sir John Morphett (1809-1892), landowner and politician: by 1835 he was one of the most enthusiastic and energetic supporters of the new province of South Australia, and he arrived on the 'Cygnet' in September 1836. He was one of the discoverers of the Torrens and at 'the crucial meeting on 10 February 1837 Morphett's votes were decisive in confirming the site of Adelaide ... He threw his weight behind every good cause ... [and his] political career was long and distinguished' (Australian Dictionary of Biography).