Excerpt from Australia Twice Traversed, Vol. 1 of 2: The Romance of Exploration, Being a Narrative Compiled From the Journals of Five Exploring Expeditions Into and Through Central South Australia, and Western Australia, From 1872 to 1876
On the subject of the wonderful resou... rces of Australia I am not called upon to enlarge, and surely all who have heard her name must have heard also of her gold, copper, wool, wine, beef, mutton, wheat, timber, and other products; and if any other evidence were wanting to Show what Australia really is, a visit to her cities, and an experience of her civilisation, not forgetting the great revenues of her different provinces, would dispel at once all previous inaccurate impressions of those who, never having seen, perhaps cannot believe in the existence Of them.
In the course of this work my reader will easily discover to whom it is dedicated, without a more formal statement under such a heading. The preface, which may seem out of its place, is merely such to my own journeys. I thought it due to my readers and my predecessors in the Australian field of discovery, that I should give a rapid epitome (which may contain some minor errors) Of what they had done, and which is here put forward by way of introduction.
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