"Across the Australian Continent on Foot" - George Morrison - The Age

"Across the Australian Continent on Foot" - George Morrison - The Age

by: George Ernest Morrison | publication date: May 19, 1883 | Publication: The Age | pages: 2

I was tracing up this river, cutting from one point of timber to another, and wondering whether the hut was above or below me, when I saw a man on horseback driving cattle. I drew nearer and nearer to him, and long before I could see his face I recognised the wild war song which had so often inspirited me in my voyage to the islands. This was a young Kanaka, a kindly nice lad, from Motualva, beguiled from his home - one of the most beautiful islands of Polynesia - to tend cattle, to do fencing, to mix with gins, amid all the sultry dreariness and cheerlessness of the most utterly wretched district of the Never Never.

Morrison's account of his trip on foot across the Australian continent, including New Guinea. During his trip he encountered Pacific Islanders at work on plantations.

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