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Towards the end of the nineteenth century a London architect, Robert Emeric Tyler, together with his 19-year-old son Bobby, went to Western Australia for six months. During this time he wrote letters home to his wife, Emma, in England. These letters recorded encounters with miners and stories of horses, bushrangers, murderers and the punishing life of the diggings in the harsh desert climate. After his return to England Tyler copied his letters into a leather-bound diary and added extra notes, cuttings, maps and photographs. A descendant has prepared his diary for publication.

(Source: The Canberra Times (Panorama. Books.etc) 1st March 2003 p.4a)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • North Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 2003 .
      Extent: 255p.
      Description: illus., maps, ports.
      ISBN: 1863683526

Works about this Work

'My Head Cook...Appeared in an Evening Dress of Black Net and Silver' : (Re)Viewing Colonial Western Australians through Travellers' Imaginings Cindy Lane , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Melbourne Historical Journal , no. 39 2011; (p. 175-196)
'Did travel writers who observed the white European population in Western Australia in the latter half of the nineteenth century feel that they 'stood [a]mong them but not of them', and to what extent were their ideas preconceived? This article examines how contemporary thought and ideology influenced travellers' attitudes towards white Western Australian society between 1850 and 1914. In witting about the colonists, travellers' observations shaped, and were shaped by, the assumptions, ambitions, and ideologies of the institutions they represented, and those already existing in Western Australian society.' (p. 175)
In Short Debra Adelaide , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of All This Is So John F. Roe 2002 single work novel ; My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
Six Months on the WA Goldfields Robert Willson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 March 2003; (p. 4a)

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
To Australia and Back Ken Spillman , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 12 April 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
Untitled Julie Ustinoff , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 16 2003;

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
In Short Debra Adelaide , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1-2 March 2003; (p. 15)

— Review of All This Is So John F. Roe 2002 single work novel ; My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
Six Months on the WA Goldfields Robert Willson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 March 2003; (p. 4a)

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
To Australia and Back Ken Spillman , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 12 April 2003; (p. 16)

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
Untitled Julie Ustinoff , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JAS Review of Books , June no. 16 2003;

— Review of My Dear Emma : A Full and Detailed Account of the Journey of Robert Emeric Tyler and His Son, to Western Australia and Their Return to England. August 1st 1895 to March 7th 1896 2003 single work diary
'My Head Cook...Appeared in an Evening Dress of Black Net and Silver' : (Re)Viewing Colonial Western Australians through Travellers' Imaginings Cindy Lane , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Melbourne Historical Journal , no. 39 2011; (p. 175-196)
'Did travel writers who observed the white European population in Western Australia in the latter half of the nineteenth century feel that they 'stood [a]mong them but not of them', and to what extent were their ideas preconceived? This article examines how contemporary thought and ideology influenced travellers' attitudes towards white Western Australian society between 1850 and 1914. In witting about the colonists, travellers' observations shaped, and were shaped by, the assumptions, ambitions, and ideologies of the institutions they represented, and those already existing in Western Australian society.' (p. 175)
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