# 28392

DORNEY, Muriel

An adventurous honeymoon : the first motor honeymoon around Australia (signed copy)

$550.00 AUD

Brisbane : John Dorney, [1928]. Octavo, illustrated wrappers, slightly rubbed, tape marks to preliminaries, pp. [vi]; 21; (4 – adverts), map, photographic illustrations. Presentation inscription ‘With compliments from Muriel Dorney) on first blank, the author correcting the publisher’s address on the title page in pen, previous owner’s name to title page, a very good copy.

The first Australian motoring book written by a woman.

Muriel Dorney, a Brisbane school teacher, and hew newly wed husband John Dorney, a car dealer, drove over 6,000 miles around Australian in late 1926 – 27 in their Overland Whippet, the first model to arrive in Queensland. Their adventures were reported in the press at the time and collated into an illustrated book by Mrs. Dorney in 1928. Their tour around the continent visits many small towns and stations and encompasses encounters with indigenous tribes, including witnessing a corroboree.

An adventurous honeymoon is considered the first full length book on Australian motoring written by a woman.

Scarce.

See further : WANTRUP, J. ‘Exploring the Limits’ Pioneering Australian Motor Car Travel’ http://newcentury.net.au/essays/Exploring%20the%20Limits.pdf