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1788: Text Classics

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Watkin Tench and Tim Flannery

I do not hesitate to declare that the natives of New South Wales possess a considerable portion of that acumen, or sharpness of intellect, which bespeaks genius.

In 1788 Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet. This curious young captain of the marines was an effortless storyteller. His account of the infant colony is the first classic of Australian literature.

About the Authors
Watkin Tench

Watkin Tench was born in Chester, England, in 1758. His father was a dance teacher and the master of a boarding school.

In 1776, Tench entered the marine corps. He served in the American War of Independence, during which he was taken hostage for three months. He was soon promoted to captain lieutenant. In 1786 Tench volunteered for a three-year...

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Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery is a paleontologist, explorer and conservationist. He is a leading writer on climate change and the 2007 Australian of the Year. His books include the award-winning international bestseller The Weather Makers, The Future Eaters, Here on Earth and Atmosphere of Hope. He is currently chief councillor of the Climate Council.

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Extent:
320pp
Format:
Paperback
Text publication date:
26 April 2012
First published:
1789
Region:
NSW
ISBN:
9781921922312
AU Price:
$12.95
NZ Price:
$15.99
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