# 12106

LANG, John Dunmore (1799-1878)

Prospectus of a company, to be designated the Scottish Phillipsland Emigration Company.

$575.00 AUD

  • Ask a question

[Edinburgh? : J.D. Lang?, c.1847]. Foolscap folio, [4] pp, original horizontal folds, trimmed closely along the fore-edge margin, but a good, clean copy of a rare document. Ferguson, 4566.

Lang’s proposal for the formation of an Edinburgh- or Glasgow-based company which would organise large-scale emigration of Protestants, particularly from the Scottish Highlands and western islands, to the newly opened-up lands of Port Phillip, New South Wales. “The Territory of Phillipsland, hitherto improperly designated Port Phillip, constitutes one of the most splendid provinces of the British Empire….”. The proposal includes an outline of Lang’s scheme for the construction of a railway line from Geelong to the Glenelg River, to serve the substantial immigrant population that would be settled in the Western District. The prospectus was published in the same year as Lang’s book, Phillipsland; Or the country hitherto designated Port Phillip: Its present condition and prospects, as a highly eligible field for emigration (Edinburgh : Constable, 1847).

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

Held in the National Library of Scotland.