Start reading on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

 
 
 
Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
The Book of the Bush Containing Many Truthful Sketches Of The Early Colonial Life Of Squatters, Whalers, Convicts, Diggers, And Others Who Left Their Native Land And Never Returned
 
 

The Book of the Bush Containing Many Truthful Sketches Of The Early Colonial Life Of Squatters, Whalers, Convicts, Diggers, And Others Who Left Their Native Land And Never Returned [Kindle Edition]

George Dunderdale , J. Macfarlane
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £9.00
Kindle Price: £0.00 includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £9.00 (100%)

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £0.00  
Hardcover --  
Paperback £9.00  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: At least 60% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product Description

Product Description

This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 442 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TQP1AK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,860 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
120 of 120 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
George Dunderdale (1822-1903), was born in Lancashire and worked as a schoolteacher in Illinois before joining the gold rush to Australia in 1853. He then became clerk of courts and a customs officer in Victoria( then Gippsland) This book was written in 1898, and relates many stories of the early settlers in both the US and Australia.

The stories are both tragic and comic at the same time, related in the simple style of a schoolteacher. What is striking is that the author recognises the cruelties and injustices of the time, the brutality meted out by anyone with power over those who had none; the aborigines, blacks, convicts, or the poor and inarticulate. There are also some wonderfully satirical caricatures of government officers. He wrote this in 1898 but his voice could quite easily be of today.

Anyone who has been to Australia or is thinking of going there should read this. Anyone who is Australian or knows someone from Australia should read this. Anybody who entertains ideas of white supremacy should read this. It is an awakening.

There is the usual criticism of the Kindle edition which is that there are no illustrations. Of course one can always buy the paperback.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars None 4 Dec 2011
By Toby
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Great read tragic, funny and informative yet all true. Very easy to put down and pick up so great for travelling. Although written 100 years ago the writing style is very easy to follow. Should be included on the history reading list for Aussie UK schoolkids!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ripper! 11 Jan 2012
By Chopper
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The author was an Englishman who led a varied and exciting life.
He writes of his tales of adventure and travel in the mid 19th Century.
He visited many countries and saw a lot of "history in the making".
The book was published in 1895 when he was in his 70's.

I had to take several weeks to finish this book because reading it was like visiting an elderly relative who
has a tendency to ramble on a bit.
A little and often ( unless i had a better book on the go).
The Author wanders through the book scattering his reminisces all over the place.
Unless you pay close attention you find yourself transported from Australia to NZ to God knows where in the space of a paragraph, and
you have to re-read it again.

Nonetheless there are lots of interesting anecdotes and not too many tall tales.

An interesting insight into the birth of several nations.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable book 5 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book, as I have become interested in Australian History since finding that one of my ancestors was transported to Australia in 1802, and this book made me realise how hard it was for the early settlers.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book of the Bush 8 Feb 2012
By Pammy
Format:Kindle Edition
Brilliant! You can see in your minds eye what is being described to you.I couldn't wait to read more each night.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the book of the bush 29 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found it informative,entertaining, sad and funny at times well worth the read quite grown up story without any swearing which is a change these days it is written as an old fashioned story about a time in our history which made me think what the people in the story had to put up with.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True Grit from The Past 3 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It does help to have visited the areas of Australia mentioned in the book and the surprise inclusion of the American experiences were really enlightening. Vivid accounts of the experiences of 'the diggers' who got caught up in the gold rushes reveal a certain desperation that prevailed. The narrative style gives this book a genuine authenticity, despite at times coming into historical confrontation with some later versions of events. This is a book difficult to put down, especially if one is interested in the birth of the Australian nation. I hope to enjoy reading it to my grandson in years to come. The Book of the Bush Containing Many Truthful Sketches Of The Early Colonial Life Of Squatters, Whalers, Convicts, Diggers, And Others Who Left Their Native Land And Never Returned
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Gave up 6 Jun 2013
By Buyer54
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I got this book for it's ridiculous title and thought I have got to read this to see what it's about, it was dirge. I gave up and I have only given up on two books in my life this being the 2nd.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Ok
Published 6 days ago by Lynne Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars good
the service and product were good that's all I want to say but this box needs twenty or more words
Published 5 months ago by Mr M J Little
5.0 out of 5 stars book
the most interesting book i have read in ages would recommend this to anyone who likes this sort of thing
Published 5 months ago by bulldog
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
this was downloaded onto my Kindle as a test. I have not actually read it so I cant say much about it
Published 6 months ago by Brian Cormack
3.0 out of 5 stars The Book of the Bush
I do not remember this book. I have had two eye operations and have had problems seeing well enough to read for some time now. Sorry not to be of more help.
Published 6 months ago by Alaboon
3.0 out of 5 stars Bushwhackers unite
An enjoyable read. Written using language of the times, so could upset some. Otherwise an excellent glimpse of colonial life.
Published 9 months ago by Dave O'Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars Not The Fatal Shore!
This repeats much of Robert Hughes 'Fatal Shore' but not so well. If you are interested in this subject the that book is a must read. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Bob W
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Prompt service, fast and efficient. The product was exactly as described and worked as it should. What more can be said!
Published 13 months ago by Anthony N Peacock
4.0 out of 5 stars another fascinating book to read
Early Australia, an insight into how it all began to develop, every day struggles, losses and hardships,resilience and fortitude and written by a person who experienced it first... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Dai Rhos
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed reactions
Very bitty and apparently no way to navigate the book short of guessing a location and jumping to it. Some of it was interesting, some very repetitive. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Cadfan Country
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Popular Highlights

 (What's this?)
&quote;
more oil than the casks would hold, so the men dug clay pits on shore, and poured the oil into them. The oil from forty-five whales was put into the pits, but the clay absorbed every spoonful of it, and nothing but bones was gained from so much slaughter. &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users
&quote;
As everyone knows, the twelve virtues of a good master are Gravity, Silence, Humility, Prudence, Wisdom, Patience, Discretion, Meekness, Zeal, Vigilance, Piety, and Generosity. &quote;
Highlighted by 3 Kindle users

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category