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John Graham; Convict; 1824

  • Author:
    Gibbings, Robert
  • Illustrator:
    Robert Gibbings
  • Publisher:
    J. M. Dent & Sons, London, 1956
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  • Edition text:
    First edition in this format
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  • Book condition:
    Very good
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J. M. Dent & Sons, London. First published in this edition 1956. First published by Faber & Faber 1937. Book condition: very good. Slight soiling to grey cloth boards and corners slightly bumped. Internally very clean. Dust jacket: good. Unclipped. Slight edge wear, generally rubbed and a little soiled. Slight chipping to heaad & tail of spine. Small closed tear to upper edge of front. Jacket in a protective sleeve. This is a historical narrative that tells the true story of a man from Dundalk, Co. Louth, sentenced to seven years' transportation for stealing sixpounds of hemp. After two years at the Moreton Bay penal settlement in New South Wales, he absconded to the bush and survived six years of life with an aboriginal tribe, then voluntarily gave himself up. His sentence would have run out in 1838. At this point attention shifts to the fortunes of the brig Sterling Castle, wrecked six days out from Sydney in May1837. Cast away on a desolate stretch of coast was Mrs Fraser, an Orkney woman, wife of the Sterling Castle's master. After her sufferings in an open boat, she falls into the hands of an aborigine tribe. Her rescue was effected by John Graham, who volunteered to go on the search party. Mrs Fraser soon recovered sufficiently to return home; while Graham was rewarded with a free pardon and ten pounds. A great story told in luminous prose and with 40 engravings by the author.
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