Recollections of Bush life in Australia cover

Recollections of Bush life in Australia

Henry William Haygarth (1821-1903)

1. Introduction
2. Early Impressions of Australia
3. A Head Station in the Interior
4. Society in the Inland Districts
5. Report of Bushrangers
6. Sheep Farming
7. Bush Cattle
8. The Half-wild Horses of the Interior
9. Economy of a Station
10. An Invitation
11. First Visit From the Aborigines
12. Incidents of Daily Life
13. Character of Australian Scenery
14. The Overlanders
15. Female Society in the Bush

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This was written in the mid 1800’s at time when Australia saw an influx of immigration from Europe and when England was sending some prisoners to Australia rather than to prisons. Haygarth shows us what it is like, and what it takes, to live in the Australian Bush. He shows us about the different life on a cattle/sheep station, living miles from the nearest neighbor, getting to town just a few times a year and that it may be several hundred miles away. From his own experiences relates dealings with BushRangers (thieves), building and running a station, breaking wild horses, helping neighbors in times of need. We learn about how disputes are settled, the wildlife and fauna of the bush, aboriginal customs, festivals and weapons.