DE CASTELLA, Hubert (1825-1907)
[WINE] Souvenirs d’un squatter francais en Australie (colonie de Victoria) par M. H. de Castella.
Complete article removed from volume 3, number 58 (1861) of Le tour du monde, the Parisian review published by Edouard Charton. The text is an extract from de Castella’s forthcoming book, Les squatters australiens (Paris : Hachette et Cie., 1861) but significantly, this article is copiously illustrated, whereas de Castella’s book was unillustrated. This article includes lithographs of Yering and Dalry homesteads, Aborigines, scenes of squatting life, views of Melbourne, and Australian flora and fauna. Quarto (290 x 215 mm), bound in recent marbled wrappers, pp 81-128, with 29 lithographed illustrations (from various sources) and map; fine throughout.
Charles Hubert de Castella (1825-1907) arrived in Port Phillip from Switzerland in 1854 to join his brother Paul, a landowner, grazier and vigneron at Yering Station east of Melbourne. He purchased the neighbouring property, Dalry, and raised cattle in partnership with Guillaume de Pury, another wealthy Swiss immigrant. Hubert returned to Switzerland in 1856, and his memoir of his first sojourn in Australia, Les squatters australiens, includes accounts of the Victorian goldfields, life at Dalry and Yering (including discussion of viticulture, the local Aborigines and Chinese domestic servants) and a trip through western New South Wales visiting the grazing lands along the Namoi, Lachlan and Darling rivers. The account of the colony is a positive one, full of enthusiasm for its people and prospects. In the year that his book was published in Paris, De Castella returned to Melbourne, and, having made the decision to specialise in viticulture, over the following decades the wine he produced at St Hubert’s vineyard (originally part of Yering) was to make him one of the most respected and successful vignerons in the colonies.