London, Macmillan and Co. Limited, 1912.
Octavo, xii, 306,  (publisher's advertisements) pages.
Cloth; an excellent copy.
'This book contains newspaper reports, reproduced without elaboration, of addresses uttered by the white native of Australia whose name is printed on the title page' (author's introductory 'explanatory'). Sir William John Sowden (1858-1943), journalist and newspaper editor, was associated with the major daily, the 'South Australian Register', for decades. 'Promoted chief leader-writer and associate editor in 1892, Sowden was acting editor in 1897 and editor from 1899 to 1922. In this capacity he exerted strong influence on public opinion.... Politically Sowden was a Liberal, a free trader and an "avowed anti-Socialist"; while never joining any party, he was consistently anti-Labor. He supported Federation, the South African War, compulsory military training, conscription, state-rights, the unreformed Legislative Council and the formation of the Liberal Union in 1910. "Truth"'s description of Sowden's "Register" as "the official organ of the Tory party" was barely an exaggeration' ('Australian Dictionary of Biography').