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KANN, Charles Albert (1813-1866)

[GOLD RUSH] Australien och dess guldregioner : tillförlitliga underrättelser för utwandrare till Australien, i synnerhet med afseende på öfwerfart, ankomst, bosättning och guld-gräfning.

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Götheborg [Sweden] : C.F. Arwidsson, [1853]. First edition. Octavo, publisher’s contemporary buff boards (lightly marked) with blue cloth spine, contemporary ownership inscription dated 1853 to front pastedown, [2], v, [1], 104 pp. Text in Swedish. Ferguson, 11049a.

The first Scandinavian gold digger’s guidebook.

A guide book for prospective Swedish travellers to the Victorian and New South Wales goldfields, compiled and published within a relatively short time of the first gold discoveries and probably the earliest Scandinavian work on the Australian gold rushes. It includes specific information about the Turon, Bungonia, Abercrombie River, Summerhill Creek, Shoalhaven and Wentworth diggings in New South Wales, as well as the Victorian diggings in Ballarat and surrounding districts. Anecdotes of successful gold diggers are also recounted, and advice given on overland travel from Portland to Melbourne and from Sydney to Melbourne.

The author, known also as Moses Kahn, was born into Stockholm’s Jewish community, but appears to have spent much of his life abroad, in Denmark and England in particular. Australien och dess guldregioner was translated into Danish and published as Australien og dets guldegne (Ferguson no. 11049b).

Copies are recorded in four Australian collections (National Library of Australia; State Library of New South Wales; State Library of Victoria; State Library of Queensland).