The road to Botany Bay : an exploration of landscape and history (Book, 1988) [WorldCat.org]
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The road to Botany Bay : an exploration of landscape and history

Author: Paul Carter
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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This volume seeks the origins of Australian civilization by examining the journals, letters home, unfinished maps and other narratives by its explorers, soldiers and emigrants, including tall tales and accounts of escapes by convicts who helped settle the vast territory. The author devotes much attention to the motives of explorers' selection of geographical names, and reflects upon the role of boundaries and grids  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Carter, Paul, 1951-
Road to Botany Bay.
New York : Knopf, 1988
(OCoLC)609470076
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Carter
ISBN: 0394570359 9780394570358
OCLC Number: 17550460
Description: xxv, 384 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: A cake of portable soup --
An outline of names --
An airy barrier --
The charm of novelty --
Triangles of life --
Debatable land --
A thorny passage --
Elysiums for gentlemen --
A more pleasing prospect --
Intimate charm --
The road to Botany Bay --
A wandering state.
Responsibility: Paul Carter.

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This volume seeks the origins of Australian civilization by examining the journals, letters home, unfinished maps and other narratives by its explorers, soldiers and emigrants, including tall tales and accounts of escapes by convicts who helped settle the vast territory. The author devotes much attention to the motives of explorers' selection of geographical names, and reflects upon the role of boundaries and grids to distinguish towns from bush and to balance nearness with distance horizontality that developed into Australia's ubiquitous suburbs. He evokes in philosophical and poetic terms the loneliness of the early travelers crossing endless forests, plains and deserts, and the welcome of a candle in the window, celebrated in Australian literature. This book's narrative draws on many disciplines to offer insights into the history of Australian settlement.

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