New Holland Journal

Charles Von Hgel Baron
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History

Published

24 May 2013

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9780522863086

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History

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Melbourne University Press

New Holland Journal

Charles Von Hgel Baron
Journal of Baron Charles von Hügel, Austrian aristocrat, diplomat, army officer and botanist.
Baron Charles von Hügel was an Austrian diplomat, army officer and courtier, and was celebrated across Europe, during the mid-nineteenth century, for his magnificent gardens and his cultivation of exotic plants, including the fashionable 'New Holland plants'.

In 1831 he set out from Europe on six years of travel. He spent most of 1834 in the young Australian colonies of Swan River, Van Diemen's land, Norfolk Island and New South Wales, observing the flora and collecting the seeds for his gardens. This is Hügel's journal of his travels on this continent. Translated into English for the first time and previously unpublished, it is an insightful record of the flora he found here and the people he met, interspersed with acute and generally unflattering commentaries on British administration, the transportation system, Sydney social life, missionary efforts, and the treatment of Aborigines.
Baron Charles von Hügel was an Austrian diplomat, army officer and courtier, and was celebrated across Europe, during the mid-nineteenth century, for his magnificent gardens and his cultivation of exotic plants, including the fashionable 'New Holland plants'.

In 1831 he set out from Europe on six years of travel. He spent most of 1834 in the young Australian colonies of Swan River, Van Diemen's land, Norfolk Island and New South Wales, observing the flora and collecting the seeds for his gardens. This is Hügel's journal of his travels on this continent. Translated into English for the first time and previously unpublished, it is an insightful record of the flora he found here and the people he met, interspersed with acute and generally unflattering commentaries on British administration, the transportation system, Sydney social life, missionary efforts, and the treatment of Aborigines.

About the author

Born in Melbourne of Flemish, Norwegian and Swedish stock, Dymphna Clark studied Germanistik at the universities of Melbourne and Bonn. As a part-time academic and translator at the Australian National University, she has translated a number of books and other works from German and other European languages, mainly works dealing with Australian Aborigines and the history of German New Guinea.

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