Book Id: 2344
Hackett, Maria. My Travels. A Family Story. Published by family, Albany NY 1912. Large 12mo, vii + 63pp + frontispiece. 1/4 cloth and hard board covers, vgc. A wonderful account, Maria Hackett's observations on Tasmania, where she lived from 1828-1841. She emigrated from Cork, Ireland with her husband, a distiller by trade. Fascinating account of life at the time "hired labor was very scarce...we engaged a Mohammedan, who deserted a vessel from Calcutta, who proved himself far superior to the 'help' of the present day"... "I made great preparations for entertaining... the famous New Zealand chief, Kanawanga Tapita". Many amusing portraits of people they came to know in Tasmania, including Sir John & Lady Franklin. She states her family distilling business was greatly harmed by requirements imposed by Great Britain.