[Sydney], The Author, 1997.
Octavo; pictorial card covers a little lightly marked; very small surface tear to the rear cover with slight loss; a very good copy.
With the acquisition date and ownership signature of archaeologist Dr Peter Bell, and the Innamincka Trading Post stamp (presumably the bookseller). John Conrick (1852-1926) "...contributed by his life virtually a page to the history of Australia... barely 19 years old he had sunk all his available cash in the purchase of a mob of cattle, which he took to the Cooper Creek, on which he established Nappa Merrie, the first station to be opened up there. That was 11 years after the death of the explorers. At that time there were plenty of blacks about, and the reports of their hostile attitude had frightened many squatters. Mr. Conrick, however, always boasted that he had little trouble with the aborigines, holding that their rights should be respected with regard to food and water, and those in the vicinity of Nappa Merrie soon learned that although swift retribution followed any depredations on their part there was what practically amounted to a reservation for them so long as they kept within bounds." ('The Advertiser' obituary, quoted in full at the 'Obituaries Australia' website).