Hobart: William Gore Elliston, 1838. First edition. Hardcover. Scarce almanac, lacking the frontispiece and first 4 pages of text in "The Annual" and folding table; nevertheless a pleasant copy of the first edition of this important work on Tasmania. Part of a series first published in 1829 which provided useful information on the state of the colony for those considering emigrating.
The Annual contains Part II of Jorgen Jorgensen's autobiography, "A shred of autobiography : containing various anecdotes, personal and historical, connected with these colonies". Trove 14022895 (1 copy) NLA. Jorgenson (1780 - 1841), was a Danish adventurer who joined the crew of Mathew Flinder's ship exploring the coasts of New Holland in 1803 and 1804 and helped found settlements in Van Diemen's Land. Jorgenson has been referred to as the founder of the city of Hobart Town and is still a local hero. Jorgenson was transported to Van Diemen's Land in 1826 for gambling debts incurred in England, where he eventually was named police constable. Much of inland Tasmania was explored and mapped by him.
The almanac contains much practical data, including civil officers' salaries, information on banks, insurance companies, libraries, missionary and other societies, schools, coaches, the census, the government, and arrivals & departures of vessels for 1837.
8vo, xv, 72pp; 5 - 173pp, pp advertisements, 2 hand colored plates with signal number 4 removed from plate. Errata slip tipped in at Contents. In the original brown cloth, boards rubbed and worn, cloth at spine cracking and sections chipped away however original paper title label present. F 2520. Trove 56508822 in microform. As is. Item #23757