Diary of ten years eventful life of an early settler in Western Australia and also A descriptive vocabulary of the language of the aborigines
|Diary of ten years eventful life of an early settler in Western Australia and also A descriptive vocabulary of the language of the aborigines (1884)
The diary of George Fletcher Moore is considered an extremely important record of early colonial life in Western Australia, because it is one of a few records that were written from the point of view of an ordinary colonist, as opposed to the official correspondence of a salaried public official. Tom Stannage describes the diary as "an immensely valuable social document" and "the best published guide we have to life in Swan River colony between 1830 and 1840."
Portions of the diary have been published a number of times: firstly in 1834 under the title Extracts from the letters and journals of George Fletcher Moore, now filling a judicial office at the Swan River Settlement; secondly, serialised in The West Australian between 1881 and 1882; thirdly, in 1884, together with a reprint of Moore's 1842 A descriptive vocabulary of the language in common use amongst the aborigines of Western Australia, under the title Diary of ten years eventful life of an early settler in Western Australia and also A descriptive vocabulary of the language of the aborigines; and most recently, a heavily annotated edition was published in 2006 under the title The Millendon memoirs.
OF TEN YEARS EVENTFUL LIFE OF AN
A DESCRIPTIVE VOCABULARY
Language of the Aborigines.
GEORGE FLETCHER MOORE, B.L.,
Member of the Irish Bar. Advocate General. Sole Judge of the First Civil Court. Acting Colonial Secretary for a time. And ex officio an Honourable Member both of the Executive and Legislative Councils of the Colony.
M. WALBROOK, 180, BROMPTON ROAD, S.W.
I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO
FREDERICK GONNERMAN DALGETY,
OF LOCKERLY HALL, ESQUIRE,
KINDLY RECOGNITION OF BENEFITS CONFERRED BY HIM ON
SOME OF MY NEAR RELATIONS.
GEORGE FLETCHER MOORE.
This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.