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   This history is full of vivid details of the hard life of the first explorers and pioneers.

   It covers the period from 1600 to 1901. It has all the makings of an adventure story with epic shipping voyages, politics, starvation, searches for water and minerals, convicts, and hard work.  In most countries, the story of the European settlers creating villages, towns and industry has long been forgotten, far into the past. But in this book it is fresh, written in letters and documents, of the participants.
Chapter 1. Discovery of and early voyages to Australia.
Chapter 2. Discovery of and early voyages to Australia (continued).
Chapter 3. Annexation of Western Australia.

Chapter 4. 1829 to 1830. Colonisation and early settlement.
Chapter 5. 1831 to 1838. Administration of sir James Stirling.
Chapter 6. 1839 to 1842. Governor Hutt's administration. Land regulations.

Projected settlement at Australind. Aborigines. Explorations.
Chapter 7. 1843 to 1849. Depression. Labour problems. Financial condition. Question of convict labour. Establishment of penal settlement.

Chapter 8. 1850 to 1853. Transition period: free colony to penal establishment. Government. Land laws. Financial conditions. Industries. General development.
Chapter 9. 1854 to 1860. Constitution and government. Improvement in land regulations and consequent agricultural and pastoral expansion. Development and extension of the convict system. Growth of the colony during the period.

Chapter 10. 1861 to 1868. Departure of governor Kennedy and arrival of Dr. J.S. Hampton. Convict administration. Incidents of the system. Progressive public works policy. Cessation of transportation. Effects of the system reviewed.

Chapter 11. 1861 to 1868 (continued). Explorations. Opening up the north-west. Trade and industry. Native troubles. Agitation for representative government.

Chapter 12. 1869 to 1875. Administration of governor weld. Constitutional changes. Progressive legislation. Land laws. Railways and telegraphs. General development. Exploration.

Chapter 13. 1875 to 1883. Agitation for alteration of constitution. Legislation. Land laws and regulations. Immigration. Railway development. Resources and industries. Convict establishment. Explorations. Miscellaneous.

Chapter 14. 1883 to 1890. Governor Broome's administration. Land regulations. Tariff revision. Finances. Resources, industries, and trade. Public works: railway and telegraph extension.

Chapter 15. 1883 to 1890 (continued). Gold discoveries: Kimberley and Yilgarn goldfields. Agitation for autonomy continued. Responsible government.

Chapter 16. 1891 to 1900. First ten years of responsible government. Constitutional and political occurrences. Phenomenal development of the goldfields. Resources, industries, and trade. Land laws and agricultural development. General.

Chapter 17. Federal movement in Western Australia.

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