Secondhand. Good condition. Ex library copy with external stickers removed. General wear to book corners and edges. Red mark on front cover. Sticky tape remnant on inside half-title page.
In 1866 Ambrosius van Delden, a Dutch colonial resident of Java undertook a journey to Australia. He was on a mission to negotiate the grant of a subsidy for establishing a regular steamship line between Java and Australia with the governments of the Australian Colonies.
During his six-month visit to four Australian Colonies, he kept a diary that has survived. Van Delden met with a broad spectrum of society and was invited into many people's homes and official government residences.
He recorded the smallest details of nature, social customs, trade and industry, and in passing comment on the turbulent political issues of the time. (back cover)