Physical description

A volume with a gilt- and blind-decorated red bubble-grain cloth, with a large advertisement for Pears' Soap in gilt on the rear cover.

Publication type


Inscriptions & markings

Front cover in gilt print below the Australian Coat of Arms " THE AUSTRALIAN/IRRIGATION COLONIES/illustrated"
Back cover in gilt print "By Special Appointment. /Pears' SOAP /is Matchless /for the Complexion/ Aedlina Pathe."


A prospectus on a grand scale, designed to promote the irrigation scheme developed by the Chaffey Brothers, primarily focussed on their work in Victoria and South Australia. It was published to promote 'irrigation colonisation'" and contains numerous advertisements promoting life in the colonies of South Australia and Victoria. This volume was issued in association with the 1888 Melbourne International Exhibition.