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Book - Glimpses of Life in Victoria / [by] a 'Resident'

From the Collection of Kew Historical Society Inc 1 Civic Drive Kew Victoria

Description
xxxii, 322 p. : illus. (some col.)
Object Registration
2019.0138
Keywords
melbourne (vic.) -- description and travel., victoria -- social life and customs -- 1834-1900.
Historical information
Melbourne was little more than a village when the 18-year-old John Hunter Kerr arrived from Scotland to begin life as a squatter in what was then the Port Phillip District. Glimpses of Life in Victoria is his story: an account of pioneering, bushrangers, gold-digging, land sales and swindles, the Aborigines, and colonial society.
Glimpses of Life was published anonymously in 1876. After Kerr's death his obituaries named him as its author, but a friend who knew him well stated that Kerr's wife, the former Frances Murphy, had written the book.
In her introduction to this new edition Marguerite Hancock sketches the life of Frances Murphy, discusses the authorship of the book and the reasons for its anonymity, and draws on rare archive material to illustrate Kerr's work as a pioneer photographer
Last updated
29 May 2020 at 10:36PM