Souvenir and Official Programme of the Visit of the American Fleet to Western Australia, 11th to 17th September, 1908. Great White Fleet.

Souvenir and Official Programme of the Visit of the American Fleet to Western Australia, 11th to 17th September, 1908.

Perth: Sands & McDougall, 1908. Pamphlet. Scarce program for the visit of the American "Great White Fleet" to Albany, Western Australia, with the fleet arriving on the 11th of September, 1908. Each page of the official program with facing page b&w printed photographic illustration including: panoramic view of Albany and the harbor, Perth, Fremantle (image showing American ships and local vessels), Kalgoorlie (Hannan Street), and Bunbury. Also includes plan of Albany showing position of the Fleet, with an inset "enlarged plan". The last 3 pages of the program advertising to prospective immigrants: "A Homestead Farm of 160 Acres may be obtained for 4 pounds!"; a map of Western Australia with relevant statistics including population, wheat yields, land available for mixed farming & grazing, and "Gold Yield 59 1/2 tons, value L82,084,109". The last page with a chart, "Conditions of Land Selection under "The Land Act, 1898", with amendments to 1908, and "Agricultural Lands Purchase Act".

On December 16, 1907, the American Great White Fleet of 16 battleships, 6 torpedo boats and 4 auxiliaries from the Atlantic fleet left Hampton Roads, Virginia for a round-the-world trip that would last over 2 years. President Teddy Roosevelt conceived of the idea of sending the fleet around the world as promotion for the United States in the wake of the Sino-Japanese war.

Oblong 8vo, 8 x 6". Not paginated, [16]. Illustrated pale pink wrappers, with elaborate lettering and decorated border at front wrapper, with the American and Australian crests and an American battleship. Wrappers very clean, internally bright. Trove: Libraries Australia ID 12819999. OCLC: 222066507. Very good condition. Item #25634

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