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Australia and New Zealand Volume 1

Australia and New Zealand Volume 1

These books are the result of Trollope’s journey which he undertook in 1871-1872. He spent thirteen months in Australia and two months in New Zealand. His wife Rose accompanied him for this trip, the primary reason for which was the opportunity to see their younger son Fred, who had been a ‘squatter’ in New South Wales since 1865.

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Australia & New Zealand Volume 1 

ISBN 9781870587792

300 pages Hardback

Published 2002


Trollope visited many of the larger towns, visiting gold mines, sheep stations (including Fred’s in the chapter entitled ‘Station Life in the Bush’). He ‘roughed’ it out in the bush to a certain extent, finding time to hunt kangaroos and attend duck shoots; but he also made sure that he stayed with many of the local dignitaries on his numerous visits to the larger cities.


The author found much to admire on his journeys. He was impressed by the way in which class divisions seemed to have been reduced amongst the colonials he met, a form of the ‘advanced conservative liberalism’ he was to propound a few years later in An Autobiography.

But this is somewhat contradicted by views which we find unpalatable today, particularly towards the Aborigines whom he describes as ‘ineradicably savage’, and the Maoris, whom he finds labouring under ‘ the incubus of barbarous superstition’. But Trollope predicts – correctly – that ‘civilisation’ will take its inevitable course, and that both cultures will soon all but vanish under the pressure of colonialism.


Trollope’s journey found outlet in two novels: Harry Heathcote of Gangoil, based on his son Fred’s experiences as a ‘squatter’; and John Caldigate, where his eponymous hero makes his fortune in those very gold-prospecting fields Trollope had himself inspected.

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