Victoria: with a description of its principal cities, Melbourne and Geelong/By author
By the same Author
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A RESIDENCE IN TASMANIA:
A DESCRIPTIVE TOUR THROUGH THE ISLAND,
MACQUARIE HARBOUR TO CIRCULAR HEAD.
"Capt Stoney has written a volume from which may be derived a very satisfactory idea of the present aspects, social and industrial, of Tasmania. First, retracing the leading events in the history of the colony, he proceeds to a general account of the capital, the several townships and provinces, and furnishes a picturesque itinerary of the island, careful and precise, though not upon the formal plan of a handbook. He observes shrewdly and writes plainly, interspersing a variety of light sketches amidst his chapters of substantial information. His personal remarks begin with the capital,— the seven-hilled Hobarton, which, after a growth of fifty years, appears in the distance, on the sloping coast, like a picture with a deep architectural perspective, touched here and there with the colours, bright but evanescent, that belong to actual life. The paved streets are lighted with gas; churches, public offices, institutions, markets, schools,— all the modem English forms, Gothic, Italian, Greek, and Grotesque, are crowded into a mass of houses in crooked lines; but in the suburbs, the villa, the representative of the latest English domesticity idea, is to be found … … Capt Stoney has collected some amusing illustrations of the wilder aspects of colonial life in Tasmania. His sketches 'up and down' are also interesting, though these will be more attractive to the emigrant desirous of familiarizing himself by anticipation with his new home than to the general reader, in pursuit of the instructive and the picturesque. The picturesque, however, breaks in occasionally upon the long succession of notes in detail on residences, properties, and roads. … The best descriptions that we have seen of Hobarton and Launceston occur in this volume. To a synoptical account of their institutions and commercial progress Capt. Stoney adds some free criticism on men and manners. .... The book is a plain and clear account of the colonies in Van Dieman's Land; and, besides being very agreeable reading, may be confidently consulted on all matters connected with their material resources and actual position."— Athenæum.
"With the report of his personal observations, Captain Stoney has given a sketch of the history of the colony, with statistical and descriptive matter from various sources, rendering his book an acceptable record of the present condition of Tasmania. … A sketch map of the colony accompanies Captain Stoney's volume, and the coloured engravings give good representations of the scenery of particular localities. "—Literary Gazette.
"A clear, intelligent, and pleasing work, and a safe reference on all statistical information of the country."—Press.
LONDON: SMITH, ELDER, AND CO., 65, CORNHILL.