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MY FOURTH TOUR

IN

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

ALBERT F. CALVERT, F.R.G.S.

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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.

CHAPTER I.

ALBANY RE-VISITED—THE PLAGUE OF FLIES—PASSING THE CUSTOMS—THE JOURNEY TO

PERTH—DISCOMFORTS en route—BEVERLEY—CLAREMONT—PERTH, THE PARADISE OF

LANDLORDS—EXPANSION OF THE REVENUE

CHAPTER II.

THE GOLD FEVER IN PERTH—THE SHAMROCK HOTEL—AMUSEMENTS IN PERTH—RECEPTION

AT THE CITY HALL—DINNER AT OSBORNE—THE RAILWAY STATION—NORTHAM—THE

WATER QUESTION—SOUTHERN CROSS ...

CHAPTER III.

THE 2O-MILE SAND PLAIN—BOORABBIN—THE COOLGARDIE ROAD—WOOLGANGIE-—THE

TRAFFIC ON THE ROAD—THE HORSES AND THE TEAMS...

CHAPTER IV.

THE "BRUMBY"—THE WOOLGANGIE COW—-THE CAMELS AND THE AFGHANS—THE DEVIL'SGRIP—THE TEAMSTERS—

THE SWAMPERS—THE OUTSKIRTS OF COOLGARDIE

CHAPTER V.

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 COOLGARDIE—

HIGH AND LOW PRICES—THE UNEMPLOYED OP COOLGARDIE . 63

CHAPTER VI.

FIRES AT COOLGARDIE—THE Bulletin MAKES MERRY ON THE SUBJECT—THE AMERICAN

SMARTNESS OF THE TOWN—THE AUCTION SALES OF STOCK—THE WATER QUESTION—

THE FIRST DISCOVERER OF FRESH WATER IN COOLGARDIE—WATERING THE STOCKHOW

COOLGARDIE WAS BUILT—THE FIRST MAYOR, MR. JAMES SHAW—THE SHOKTCOMINGS

OF THE TELEGRAPH DEPARTMENT—THE ENORMOUS INCREASE OF MESSAGES -----

THE WOES OK THE TELEGRAPH STAFF—THEATRE ROYAL, COOLGARDIE—ARRIVAL IN

COOLGARDIE—THE MISSING MINE, AND THE MISSING OWNER—A THUNDERSTORM... 77

CHAPTER VII.

THE ROAD TO HANNAN'S (KALGOORLIE)—LAYING OUT A MINING TOWNSHIP—THE EMPLOY

MENT OF LILIPUTIANS—THE BOY "BELL-MAN"—HUMOURS OF THE HORSE SALES—

SIR JOHN FORREST AT COOLGARDIE—THE PREMIER AT BAY—A COLD RECEPTION

AND A WARM FAREWELL—THE PREMIER'S POLITICAL CAREER—His PART IN THE

BUILDING OF THE COOLGARDIE RAILWAY—His PERSONAL POPULARITY—SIR JOHN

FORREST AT HANNAN'S—HE IS BOMBARDED WITH DEPUTATIONS—THRASHING OUT

THE GRIEVANCES—A BUMPER BANQUET—THE PREMIER'S TRIUMPHS—HOMEWARDS

UNDER THE STARS

CHAPTER VIII.

SATURDAY EVENING AT HANNAN'S—THE SALVATION ARMY MEETING, THE DOG FIGHT, AND

THE "OPEN EXCHANGE"—BARS AND BILLIARDS—TIDYING UP TO ADVANTAGE'—AN

ABORIGINAL ARTIST—CAMELS ON THE FIELDS—AN INGENIOUS REGISTRAR-—THE

MEAT SUPPLY

CHAPTER IX.

THE BICYCLE ON THE GOLDFIELDS—THE PRIVATIONS OF THE PIONEERS—TYPHOID FEVER

AND ITS TREATMENT AT HANNAN'S—THE NOBLE HOSPITAL NURSES—A COAT OF

ARMS FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA—THE " DEAD MARINES" ON THE TRACK—DRY

BLOWING AROUND HANNAN'S—WHITE FEATHER—THE FUTURE OF THE COLONY'S

TIMBER TRADE—THE DISCOMFORT OF RAILWAY TRAVELLING—TAGH MAHOMET

MURDERED—FORCED MARCHES—THE MIDLAND RAILWAY

CHAPTER X.

GERALDTON—THE FATE OF THE "WEST RIDING"—THE SUPERIORITY OF THE MIDLAND

RAILWAY COMPANY'S LINE—IN PRAISE OF MR. GASCARD—MELANCHOLY MULLEWA—

A NIGHT AT THE TRAVELLER'S REST—AN EXPERIENCE OF CHINESE CHEAP LABOUR

SURVEYING THE RAILWAY ROUTE TO CUE .

CHAPTER XI.

THE TEAMS ON THE CUE ROADSHEEP FARMING ON THE MURCHISONABORIGINAL

SHEPHERDS AND TRACKERSBULLOCKS AND BULLOCK DRIVERSAT CHAIN PUMP— "THE

BROTHERS"—GABYION SHEEP STATION—YALGOO—TENNIS IN THE TROPICS

CHAPTER XII.

THE POST AND TELEGRAPH MASTER AT YALGOO—THE BUTCHER'S DEPUTY—WESTRALIAN

TROOPERSTHE GOLD ESCORT—A REMINISCENCE OF THE AUSTRALIAN BUSH

RANGERS—AT DEEP WELLAN AFRICAN PRINCESS—MONBENIA AND OUR HOSTS

THERE—"SHOO FLY! "—BADGER'S CROSS—FITZGERALD STATION

CHAPTER XIII.

BILL-POSTING EXTRAORDINARY—CAMEL TRANSPORT ON THE MURCHISON—TAGH AND FAIZ

MAHOMET—THE AFGHAN KNOT—MOONLIGHT ON THE MURCHISON—MOUNT MAGNET

MINE HOST OF THE ONE AND ALL HOTEL—-THE PROHIBITION LIST—"THE

ISLAND," AND THE "MAINLAND"—DAY DAWNARRIVAL IN CUE

CHAPTER XIV.

CUE AND COOLGARDIE CONTRASTED—AN APPRECIATION OF THE AFGHAN—LAWLER'S—THE

CUE PUBLIC SWIMMING BATHTHE MURCHISON AS THE PARADISE OF THE WORKING

MAN — A BOUNDLESS HOSPITALITY — RECOLLECTIONS OF THE CUE TRACK — A

EULOGIUM OF THE COACH SERVICE — A MlKAGE---- THE MURCHISON " ZOO "—A RACE

AGAINST TIME

CHAPTER XV.

THE NECESSITY FOR BREAKING RECORDS—THE SAUCY "AUSTRALIND"THE CHINAMAN AT

HIS BEST — SHARK'S BAY —CONCERNING SANDAL WOOD GALVANIZED IRON OF

ACCURSED MEMORY—THE SHORTCOMINGS OF AN ASIATIC CREWTEACHING THE

NATIVES TO BE HONEST—SQUATTING DIFFICULTIES ON THE GASCOYNE—DIRK HARTOG

ISLAND AND ITS STORY

CHAPTER XVI.

SULTRY CARNARVON-—"'Tis DISTANCE LENDS ENCHANTMENT TO THE VIEW"—ABORIGINAL

ISAAC WALTONS—A SAIL ON THE PIER—A DAMP DEPARTURE—THE "AUSTRALIND"

TO THE RESCUE—ONSLOW— FAREWELL TO THE "AUSTRALIND"

CHAPTER XVII.

COSSACK—A DECAYING INDUSTRY—THE PERILS OF PEARLING—THE RAVAGES OF THE

WILLY-WILLY—-THE COSSACK-ROEBOURNE TRAMWAY SYSTEM—A WELCOME TO THF.

NORTH-WEST .

CHAPTER XVIII.

ROEBOURNE—THE PUBLIC BUILDINGS AND THE HOSPITAL—ORIENTAL LUXURY—A RECORD

NORTH-WEST BANQUET

CHAPTER XIX.

THE PLAN OF CAMPAIGN—PRELIMINARY PREPARATIONS—THE MAYOR OF ROEBOURNE IN

COMMAND—MR. OSBORNE'S CAREER—THE START—ILLNESS AND DEATH OF LEONARD

CALVERT—THE FRAIL SISTERS OF THE EAST—EARLY IMPRESSIONS .

CHAPTER XX.

SHERLOCK STATION—-A HEARTY WELCOME — SQUATTING UNDER DIFFICULTIES — THE

BLACKS ON THE SHERLOCK STATION—THE DRAWBACKS TO AGRICULTURAL PROGRESS—

LIFE ON A RUN .

CHAPTER XXI.

AN ABORIGINAL TRAVELLING PARTY—A LIBEL ON HUMANITY—MALLINA—A BLISSFUL

BATH—MALLINA AS A GOLDPTELB—A SUFFOCATING DAY—A TROPICAL THUNDER

STORM—"TOMMY"'—THE PLEADINGS OF THE PARCHED NORTH-WEST—A STOKY OF

THE EGINA WELL

CHAPTER XXII.

A GARDEN IN THE DESERT—ARRIVAL AT PILBARRA—AN IMPROMPTU SUPPER—FAILING

HEALTH—-WE SECURE OUR CHRISTMAS DINNER—THE PHANTOM RIVER OF THE

NORTH-WEST — AT YANDEERARA POOL—A MISERABLE STAGE — LOOK'S POOL —

THROUGH THE LONG NIGHT—MR. LOOK TO THE RESCUE .

CHAPTER XXIII.

BACK TO THE COAST. (BY GRAHAM HILL.)

CHAPTER XXIV.

INTO THE MOUNTAINOUS DISTRICTS—AN ABANDONED LOAD—ARRIVAL AT TAMBOURAH

CREEK— " A WELL-WATERED COUNTRY" — Vide GOVERNMENT REPORTS — AT

WESTERN SHAW—MR. GEORGE WITHNELL'S HOSPITALITY—THE NATIVE LABOUR

CONDITIONS. (BY S. H. WHITTAKER.) .

CHAPTER XXV.

A DRY STAGE—THE INQUISITIVE EMU—WILD DOG CAMP—AT NULLAGINE—THE CON

GLOMERATE FORMATION—A STROLL AROUND ITS LEASES—-A GLANCE AT ITS MORALS

A DANGEROUS RIDE—CUB HUNTING IN THE NORTH-W"EST—A NATIVE BANQUET

MARBLE BAR: ITS MINES AND ITS MONUMENTAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES—"Ho! Ho!

MERRY JAPAN!" (BY S. H. WHITTAKER.) .

CHAPTER XXVI.

A PEEP AT TALGA TALGA—THE FATAL HEAT—IN PRAISE OF OUR TEAMS—A HORRIBLE

EXPERIENCE—THE INHUMANITY OF THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT—INDICATIONS

OF A STORM—FULFILMENT OF THE INDICATIONS—ON THE HOMEWARD JOURNEY—A

CHOW'S LUCKY FIND—A SURPRISE PARTY—A TROOPER'S LIFE IN THE NORTH-WEST.

(BY S. H. WHITTAKER.) .

CHAPTER XXVII.

THE HONG KONG LEASE—THE GOVERNMENT SURVEY PARTY—LAST STAGES—BACK AT THE

SHERLOCK—RACING THE RAIN—DEATH OF LEONARD CALVERT—FROM ROEBOURNE

TO COSSACK—ON BOARD THE TAGLIAFERROEn Route FOR THE SOUTH. (BY S. H.

WHITTAKER.) .

CHAPTER XXVIII.

A LITTLE BLOW-UP ON THE SWAN—A FULL, TRUE, AND PARTICULAR ACCOUNT OF THE

SAME. (BY WALKER HODGSON.) .

CHAPTER XXIX.

A FEW NOTES HOMEWARD BOUND. (BY WALKER HODGSON.) .

 

 

 

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 derided.


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 often careless.


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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