2 Establishment.colony Port Phillips.. Hobart /Virtual Fair 106


Description: Establishment of a colony at Port Phillips, the future site of Melbourne, and the foundation of Hobart

TUCKEY, James Hingston.
Bericht von einer Reise nach Neu-Süd-Wallis um zu Port-Philipp in der Bass's Strasse eine Kolonie anzulegen. Gethan in dem Schiffe Kalkutta in den Jahren 1802, 1803 und 1804.

Weimar, Im Verlage des F.G. priv. Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs 1805. 8vo. Original blue paper over boards, the name of the library to which the book belonged blind stamped on both sides: "Mercantile Library".
VI, 136 pp.

Rare first and only edition of the translation in German of this important account, very important for the early history of Australia. The original English edition was printed in the same year: London & Portsmouth, 1805, under the title An Account of a voyage to Establish a Colony at Port Philip in Bass's Strait ion the South Coast of New South Wales [now part of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia] in His Majesty's ship Calcutta.
The author, James (Hingston or Kingston, depending on the source) Tuckey (1776-1816) was first lieutenant of the Calcutta, and had already established a reputation as a fighting officer before his appointment to that ship. He was also an able cartographer. During this voyage distinguished himself by making "a complete survey of the harbour of Port Phillip and a careful examination of the adjacent coast and country" (DNB). Tuckey later was captured by the French and remained a prisoner of war in Verdun until 1814. After the peace he was promoted commander, and died while commanding an expedition up the Congo. He also composed an important Maritime Geography, written while he was a French prisoner.
The Calcutta, together with the transport Ocean, left England in April 1803 carrying a marine detachment, free settlers and ca. 300 convicts, to establish a settlement in Port Philip Bay. Responsibility for the new settlement had devolved upon David Collins, whom was appointed Lieutenant-Governor of the proposed settlement. After arrival in October 1803, Collins sent Tuckey to explore the Bay, but the site was deemed unsuitable. Collins decided to move to Derwent. He arrived there in February 1804 and established the future town of Hobart.
Tuckey's little book is the only account of this settlement and an important addition to any collection of Australian books. It is essential to any collection dealing with the settlement of Victoria or Tasmania. Tuckey's was also one of the earliest surveys of Port Philip Bay.

Fair uncut copy from the Mercantile Library.- (Front hinge broken, charge pocket of the library on the verso of endpaper, library stamp on title-page and several other lvs. Binding rubbed).
DNB, LVII, 285-86; Howgego, Encyclopedia of Exploration 1800 to 1850, T22; Wantrup, Australian books, p. 83-4, Cat. 22.
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