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VINE VOICEon 30 December 1999
What possesses a person to set off into the trackless wastes of Australia, with the almost certain knowledge that death lies waiting to welcome them into his scrawny arms? Reading this book gives you some of the answers and some of the idea of the pain and suffering undergone by these explorers (and in some cases the hapless Aborigines coerced into seeking water). There are some amazingly good writers within these pages, quite unexpected when you consider that many of them were ex-convicts or self-taught (and comparing them to some contemporary American explorers); there are some delightful descriptive passages and the occasional bout of whimsy, especially the anecdote of how 'Rocket' got his name - I was in hoots! An excellent read, which encouraged me to order several old copies of explorers' accounts. Thoroughly recommended!
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on 17 January 2013
I really enjoyed this book which includes a wide variety of explorers and their journeys, mostly taken from their own writings. They survived horrendous experiences, searching desperately for the next water hole, and some died in their attempts to travel this unforgiving continent. They also encountered Aborigines, some treating them with respect, others shamefully.

I recommend the book to anyone interested in the exploration of Australia, or in adventuring anywhere.
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on 25 March 2012
Absolutely brilliant, my kind of book. Just what I was hoping for. Personal narrative accounts of the past. Factual historical peek at another era. I enjoy the immersive aspects of personal diary accounts of adventures and tales. From the view of the explorer. I wasn't disappointed.
This had a great many stories from different characters of the period, all chronologically written in order. Faithfully keeping to the source text without deviation.
Well pleased.
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on 22 April 2012
I assume that the accounts of Australian explorers are transcribed in modern grammar and spelling to make them easier for the average reader. Unfortunately as a result they are boringly similar in tone. They are not accompanied by enough commentary and sketch maps for those unfamiliar with the interior geography of Australia such as me, a Brit.
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on 4 December 2003
This an outstanding collection of short stories collected from a wide variety of Australian explorers. I read the whole book from cover to cover in one go - but it could just as easily be dipped into on an occassional 'chapter by chapter' basis. Stories include the camel who shot his owner, the first kangaroo sighting, the 'Dig Tree' and many more. It inspired me to go on and read some of the different original author's works in full.
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on 14 June 2015
Great piece of work. Takes a while to get into it but hang on in there it gets better.
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on 13 December 2014
Bought as a present but quality looks good.
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on 29 May 2016
Perfect and very fast delivery.
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on 19 December 2014
Good but a bit repetative.
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on 23 May 2015
Made excellent reading
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