The Commonwealth of Australia in a Nutshell. Die cut shape book.
The Commonwealth of Australia in a Nutshell. Die cut shape book.
The Commonwealth of Australia in a Nutshell. Die cut shape book.

The Commonwealth of Australia in a Nutshell. Die cut shape book.

London: Australian High Commission, Ca. 1912. A scarce immigration brochure issued in London to attract immigrants "of white race who are prepared to make their home in the Commonwealth." The brochure is die cut in the shape of the Australian continent, with color pictorial covers depicting the wheat harvest using horse teams and sheep herding on horseback. Not recorded in Trove.

Issued by the High Commissioner for Australia from 72 victoria St., London SW, the brochure provides information and statistics on Australian scenery, all the major cities are illustrated, pioneering, rural industries, wheat growing, sheep farming, dairy farming, and fruit growing.

It concludes with information on Australian development, miles of railway built as of the end of 1911, rates of passage from the UK, and a welcome, "Australia desires immigrants, and welcomes to her shores all persons of white race who are prepared to make their home in the Commonwealth."

Color wrappers, 6 1/4 x 6 1/2". 24pp, printed photographic illustrations throughout. Slight crease on WA, SW, otherwise very good condition. Period owner signature inside front cover, Florence Howell. Not found in Trove or OCLC. Item #24368

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