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Colonial Travel. A Narrative of a Four Years’ Tour through Australia, New Zealand, Canada, &c.

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Author: Kennedy, David Jr.

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Reference #: 2189

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Edinburgh, Edinburgh Publishing Company, [1876]. Small 8vo; pp. viii, 440 including frontispiece; vignette on the title page. Cloth is double-ruled in blind, with floral designs at the corners; gilt spine titles. Gift Inscription from “the author” on the front paste-down. Foxing to the title page from tissue guard.

Kennedy and various family members left Scotland in 1872 and traveled to America as well as the countries named in the title, landing in California and thence by train to Salt Lake City (with interesting observations on the Mormons they met, and the anticipated impact of the Pacific Railway), Chicago and into Canada, with stops from Toronto to the Maritmes. The descriptions of the places of sojourn, and the people they met, are very well done.

These include incidents not regularly found in the history books: “We witnessed a serious riot in Toronto. It appears a number of ‘pilgrimages,’ or processions from one chapel to another, had been ordered by the Pope. One Sunday the ‘pilgrims’ were attacked by a mob, and had to fight their way from street to street. The military were called out.” (p. 363)

But don’t be misled: there is much on local flora, fauna and points of interest, as well as a gentler view of humanity with a fine turn of phrase. While boating on a river in Tasmania (p. 146), Kennedy recounts: “Occasionally, as we glided along, several daring boys who were enjoying a bath, would come swimming round the boat, while other youngster, in an Adamite condition, would peep from behind the rocks on shore. We went on till we reached what the folks proudly term the ‘Cataract’, where the river pours over the rocks in fine rapids.” (italics added)

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