Colonial Australia: Notes and Sketches of New South Wales 1839 to 1844

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A fascinating insight into colonial Australia, this intriguing first-person historical account describes the 1839 voyage of a free woman from England to Australia, and her impressions of Sydney and surrounds during the first years of her residence in the pioneering British colony.

In the summer of 1839, 26-year-old Louisa Anne Meredith, in the company of her husband, Charles Meredith, sailed from England to the British colony of New South Wales, in what was then New Holland.

Four years later, she published a detailed account of the years since she had left England. A fascinating window into the past, Louisa's impressions and experiences cover the four-month ocean voyage; life within the fledgling city of Sydney; travels across the Blue Mountains to Bathurst; and eventual settlement at Homebush in Sydney's west. Vivid observations of Sydney as it was in the 1840s combine with descriptions of flora, fauna, and the general way of life in the colony, all told through the eyes of a well-educated, articulate, and well-to-do woman who had come from a very different climate and upbringing to that she found in Australia.

Louisa was a naturalist, author, and illustrator and her eye for detail provides a historically significant document giving a unique window into early Australian settlement. From descriptions of polite society, to hardships of drought and overland travel; from architecture to politics, convicts to aboriginal customs, Louisa's keen wit and clever insight provide a fascinating account of life in colonial Australia.


Insight into colonial Australia.
First-hand descriptions of Australian flora and fauna from the 1800s.
Knowledge of conditions at sea on a four-month sea-voyage in the 1830s and 1840s.
Information on the experiences of pioneering Australia from a well-to-do woman's point of view.
Descriptions of Sydney, Home Bush, the Blue Mountains and Bathurst as it was in the 1800s.
Knowledge of living conditions and the general way of life in a British colony in the 1800s.
Descriptions of convicts and Australian Aborigines as seen through the eyes of a well-educated and well-to-do woman in the 1840s.


Amy Soakes
Amy Soakes has produced over 70 audiobooks in genres including Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, GameLIt, YA and Nonfiction. She's narrated for Penguin/Random House, Harlequin, Dreamscape, Scribd, Deyan, Bee Audio and seven USA Today bestselling authors. She narrates in Australian, US and UK accents, with international character accents a specialty. A background in television and theatre bring truth, passion and integrity to Amy's narration.


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