Originally sextodecimo (but later unevenly trimmed to approximately 128 x 105 mm), 52 pages with 2 full-page illustrations.
Saddle-stapled wrappers with the (reset) title page details repeated, within a plain border, on the front cover; staples rusty; corner creases to some leaves (including a heavy one to the bottom corner of three leaves at the end); trifling signs of use (but not forgetting the edges trimmed with sheep shears); a decent copy of a rare and racy memoir.
Our new chum left Tilbury Docks in July 1888; he spent the better part of his first two years in Australia in the Grafton area. 'I left Clarence River in September, 1890, for Western Australia, where I remained continuously in the bush for thirteen years - till 1903'. This curious little work doesn't mince words; it contains much on Aborigines, but was unknown to Greenway. The narrative ends with this sentence: 'I was thankful I was never asked the name of the manager of the Star of the East mine'. This is followed by 'The End of Book 1. My further experiences are to be related in Book Two', and the colophon. Trove records this title under four different entries, with different paginations (59, 78, 79 and 80 pages), and in the two instances where the printer is mentioned, the address is either Melbourne or St Kilda. Two of them suggest that their publication dates are 1933 and 1935. The present item, clearly not in Trove, would appear to be the first appearance of the first (and larger) part of the memoir.