BACKHOUSE, Sarah; [BACKHOUSE, James, 1794-1869]
[NORFOLK ISLAND; TASMANIA] Memoir of James Backhouse, by his sister.
York (Eng.) : William Sessions ; London : F. Bowyerkitto, 1870. First edition. Octavo, original blind blocked purple cloth over bevelled boards (lightly rubbed, corners bumped), spine lettered in gilt (sunned, frayed at head and foot), hinges cracked (preliminaries starting to loosen from text block), front pastedown with bookplate of Melbourne bibliophile Jeff Prentice, frontispiece portrait of Backhouse, pp. viii, 246; edges with spotting, but internally a very clean copy. Ferguson 6474.
The Quaker missionary James Backhouse (1794-1869) arrived in Van Diemen’s Land in 1832 with fellow Quaker George Washington Walker. Both men were prominent figures in the early Hobart Town Quaker community. The pair also visited and reported on the various penal settlements on the Australian mainland and Norfolk Island between 1832 and 1838.