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- DescriptionI do t 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 Sydney Cove with the First Fleet. This curious young captain of the marines was a natural storyteller. His account of the infant colony is the first classic of Australian literature.
- Author BiographyWatkin Tench was born around 1758 in Chester, England. He joined the marine corps in 1776 and served in the American War of Independence before sailing to Botany Bay with the First Fleet. Tench returned to England in 1792. He stayed with the marine corps before retiring as a lieutenant-general in 1821. Watkin Tench died in 1833.
- Author(s)Watkin Tench
- PublisherText Publishing Co
- Date of Publication26/04/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Series TitleText Classics
- Place of PublicationMelbourne
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- ImprintText Classics
- Content Notemaps
- Weight210 g
- Width129 mm
- Height199 mm
- Spine19 mm
- Introduction byTim Flannery
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
- Edition StatementReprinted edition
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