MY FOURTH TOUR
ALBERT F. CALVERT, F.R.G.S.
MY FOURTH TOUR IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
Illustrated by Walker Hodgson and from Photographs.
Facsimile of the 1897 edition.
Quarto, boards, frontispiece portrait, illust., pages 351.
Large colour map of Western Australian goldfields
One of the most magnificent books on the WA goldfields and
bush, with hundreds of photographs and sketches.
ALBANY RE-VISITED—THE PLAGUE OF FLIES—PASSING THE CUSTOMS—THE
PERTH—DISCOMFORTS en route—BEVERLEY—CLAREMONT—PERTH,
THE PARADISE OF
LANDLORDS—EXPANSION OF THE REVENUE
THE GOLD FEVER IN PERTH—THE SHAMROCK HOTEL—AMUSEMENTS IN
AT THE CITY HALL—DINNER AT OSBORNE—THE RAILWAY STATION—NORTHAM—THE
WATER QUESTION—SOUTHERN CROSS ...
THE 2O-MILE SAND PLAIN—BOORABBIN—THE COOLGARDIE ROAD—WOOLGANGIE-—THE
TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD—THE HORSES AND THE TEAMS...
THE "BRUMBY"—THE WOOLGANGIE COW—-THE CAMELS AND THE
AFGHANS—THE DEVIL'SGRIP—THE TEAMSTERS—
THE SWAMPERS—THE OUTSKIRTS OF COOLGARDIE
THE NECESSARY WASH—COOLGARDIE'S DRINK BILL—THE VICTORIA
HOTEL—THE DINING HALL
AND THE DINERS—A FEW MINE MANAGERS—"FINK SATIN"—THE
FIRST SILK HAT ON
THE FIELD—A CAUTIOUS MINER—ALL THE DELICACIES OF THE SEASON AT
HIGH AND LOW PRICES—THE UNEMPLOYED OP COOLGARDIE . 63
FIRES AT COOLGARDIE—THE Bulletin MAKES MERRY ON THE
SMARTNESS OF THE TOWN—THE AUCTION SALES OF STOCK—THE WATER
THE FIRST DISCOVERER OF FRESH WATER IN COOLGARDIE—WATERING THE
COOLGARDIE WAS BUILT—THE FIRST MAYOR, MR. JAMES SHAW—THE
OF THE TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT—THE ENORMOUS INCREASE OF MESSAGES
THE WOES OK THE TELEGRAPH STAFF—THEATRE ROYAL, COOLGARDIE—ARRIVAL
COOLGARDIE—THE MISSING MINE, AND THE MISSING OWNER—A
THE ROAD TO HANNAN'S (KALGOORLIE)—LAYING OUT A MINING
MENT OF LILIPUTIANS—THE BOY "BELL-MAN"—HUMOURS OF THE HORSE
SIR JOHN FORREST AT COOLGARDIE—THE PREMIER AT BAY—A COLD
AND A WARM FAREWELL—THE PREMIER'S POLITICAL CAREER—His PART IN
BUILDING OF THE COOLGARDIE RAILWAY—His PERSONAL POPULARITY—SIR
FORREST AT HANNAN'S—HE IS BOMBARDED WITH DEPUTATIONS—THRASHING
THE GRIEVANCES—A BUMPER BANQUET—THE PREMIER'S
UNDER THE STARS
SATURDAY EVENING AT HANNAN'S—THE SALVATION ARMY MEETING, THE
DOG FIGHT, AND
THE "OPEN EXCHANGE"—BARS AND BILLIARDS—TIDYING UP TO
ABORIGINAL ARTIST—CAMELS ON THE FIELDS—AN INGENIOUS
THE BICYCLE ON THE GOLDFIELDS—THE PRIVATIONS OF THE
AND ITS TREATMENT AT HANNAN'S—THE NOBLE HOSPITAL NURSES—A COAT
ARMS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA—THE " DEAD MARINES" ON THE
BLOWING AROUND HANNAN'S—WHITE FEATHER—THE FUTURE OF THE
TIMBER TRADE—THE DISCOMFORT OF RAILWAY TRAVELLING—TAGH MAHOMET
MURDERED—FORCED MARCHES—THE MIDLAND RAILWAY
SUPERIORITY OF THE MIDLAND
PRAISE OF MR.
A NIGHT AT
TRAVELLER'S REST—AN EXPERIENCE
CHINESE CHEAP LABOUR—
SURVEYING THE RAILWAY
THE TEAMS ON THE
FARMING ON THE MURCHISON—ABORIGINAL
SHEPHERDS AND TRACKERS—BULLOCKS
IN THE TROPICS
THE POST AND
REMINISCENCE OF THE AUSTRALIAN
AND OUR HOSTS
THERE—"SHOO FLY! "—BADGER'S CROSS—FITZGERALD
BILL-POSTING EXTRAORDINARY—CAMEL TRANSPORT
ON THE MURCHISON—TAGH
ON THE MURCHISON—MOUNT
MINE HOST OF THE ONE AND
ISLAND," AND THE "MAINLAND"—DAY
COOLGARDIE CONTRASTED—AN APPRECIATION OF THE
BOUNDLESS HOSPITALITY — RECOLLECTIONS OF
THE CUE TRACK —
OF THE COACH
SERVICE — A MlKAGE---- THE MURCHISON "
ZOO "—A RACE
THE NECESSITY FOR
BREAKING RECORDS—THE SAUCY
HIS BEST —
SHARK'S BAY —CONCERNING
SANDAL WOOD —
GALVANIZED IRON OF
SHORTCOMINGS OF AN ASIATIC CREW—TEACHING
HONEST—SQUATTING DIFFICULTIES ON THE
ISLAND AND ITS
SULTRY CARNARVON-—"'Tis DISTANCE LENDS ENCHANTMENT TO THE
ISAAC WALTONS—A SAIL ON THE PIER—A DAMP DEPARTURE—THE "AUSTRALIND"
TO THE RESCUE—ONSLOW— FAREWELL TO THE "AUSTRALIND"
COSSACK—A DECAYING INDUSTRY—THE PERILS OF PEARLING—THE RAVAGES
WILLY-WILLY—-THE COSSACK-ROEBOURNE TRAMWAY SYSTEM—A
WELCOME TO THF.
ROEBOURNE—THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND THE HOSPITAL—ORIENTAL
THE PLAN OF CAMPAIGN—PRELIMINARY PREPARATIONS—THE MAYOR OF
COMMAND—MR. OSBORNE'S CAREER—THE START—ILLNESS AND
DEATH OF LEONARD
CALVERT—THE FRAIL SISTERS OF THE EAST—EARLY IMPRESSIONS .
SHERLOCK STATION—-A HEARTY WELCOME — SQUATTING UNDER
DIFFICULTIES — THE
BLACKS ON THE SHERLOCK STATION—THE DRAWBACKS TO AGRICULTURAL
LIFE ON A RUN .
AN ABORIGINAL TRAVELLING PARTY—A LIBEL ON HUMANITY—MALLINA—A
BATH—MALLINA AS A GOLDPTELB—A SUFFOCATING DAY—A TROPICAL
STORM—"TOMMY"'—THE PLEADINGS OF THE PARCHED NORTH-WEST—A STOKY
THE EGINA WELL
A GARDEN IN THE DESERT—ARRIVAL AT PILBARRA—AN IMPROMPTU
HEALTH—-WE SECURE OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER—THE PHANTOM RIVER OF
NORTH-WEST — AT YANDEERARA POOL—A MISERABLE STAGE — LOOK'S
THROUGH THE LONG NIGHT—MR. LOOK TO THE RESCUE .
BACK TO THE COAST. (BY GRAHAM HILL.)
" A WELL-WATERED
— Vide GOVERNMENT
S. H. WHITTAKER.)
STROLL AROUND ITS
GLANCE AT ITS
IN THE NORTH-W"EST—A
AND ITS MONUMENTAL
S. H. WHITTAKER.)
A PEEP AT
OF OUR TEAMS—A
OF THE PUBLIC
OF A STORM—FULFILMENT
OF THE INDICATIONS—ON
IN THE NORTH-WEST.
S. H. WHITTAKER.)
Route FOR THE
ON THE SWAN—A
CALVERT, ALBERT FREDERICK (1872-1946), author, traveller and mining
engineer, was born on 20 July 1872 at Kentish Town, Middlesex, England, son of
John Calvert, mining engineer, and his wife Grace, née Easley. He was brought
up principally by his grandfather John Calvert (1814-1897), a widely travelled
mineralogist who claimed extensive gold discoveries in Australia in the 1840s.
Leaves from the Calvert Papers (1893) by Albert's secretary G. Hill is a
misleading account of his family history.
Calvert first visited Western Australia early in 1890 and in April undertook
an expedition from Lake Gairdner in South Australia to the upper Murchison
River. In April 1891 and December 1892, he practically repeated the trip on
behalf of the General Exploration Co. of London and the British Australian
Exploration Co. His most important discovery was the rare spinifex parakeet.
Before the third journey, Calvert circumnavigated Australia collecting
material for his book, The Discovery of Australia (London, 1893). Returning to
London, he married Florence Holcombe at Kentish Town on 28 March 1894.
In November 1895 Calvert landed at Albany with his fourteen-year-old brother
Leonard and two menservants. He was joined by a journalist, an artist, his
private secretary and a mining engineer. They visited Perth and the eastern
goldfields, were fêted socially, sailed for Roebourne and, leaving the ailing
Leonard at the port, visited the inland diggings. Calvert returned to
Roebourne on 4 January 1896 with sunstroke; Leonard died of typhoid on the
11th. Calvert visited Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney before returning to
London where he published My Fourth Tour in Western Australia (1897).
In January 1896 the Royal Geographical Society (South Australia) accepted his
offer to finance an expedition to search for Leichhardt and open a stock route
from the Northern Territory to the western goldfields; L. A. Wells was
appointed leader. Although new country including the Calvert Range was
examined, Charles Wells and George Jones were lost in the desert and died.
When Calvert was unable to meet the expedition's expenses, he was publicly
As a mining investment consultant and as a prolific writer, for a decade he
was obsessed with Western Australia. Described in London as 'Westralia's
golden prophet', Calvert was courted, wined and dined, and indulged in
yachting, motoring and racing. His West Australian Review, published in London
in 1893-94, dealt mainly in mining information, commentaries and forecasts.
His fourteen other Australian books covering forests, Aboriginals, pearls,
history, minerals and his own travels were cheap, readable and topical, but
Calvert was managing director of Big Blow Gold Mines and Consolidated Gold
Mines of Western Australia on the Pilbarra goldfields, and consulting engineer
for the Mallina gold-mines. Management difficulties, his distaste for
Federation and a bankruptcy caused by racing losses in 1898 killed his
interest in Australia and he turned to a new area. Thirty-six books on Spain
and Spanish art published by 1924 won him appointment as a knight of the
Orders of Alfonso XII and of Isabella the Catholic.
After a visit to Nigeria in 1910, Calvert published two books on that country
followed by five on German Africa published during World War I. In 1923 a
sister of the late Czar of Russia accused him of conspiracy to swindle her out
of her jewels, and won substantial damages; a criminal prosecution threatened
by the trial judge did not eventuate. Initiated as a Freemason in 1893, he
became something of an authority on Masonic history in later life, though his
work is not now highly regarded. Depending on Masonic help in his last years,
Calvert died of cerebro-vascular disease in the Archway Hospital, Islington,
London, on 27 June 1946, survived by his wife and four sons.
Source: Australian Dictionary of Biography : http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A070532b.htm
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