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'A hundred years before backpacking became popular, and even before the jolly swagman went Waltzing Matilda, Theodor Müller shouldered his swag, left his home and spent nineteen years travelling the Australian outback with no more than what he could carry.

Arriving in Sydney in December 1857 from his home in Switzerland, Müller roamed the sparsely settled regions of Australia, travelling as far north as Brisbane, west to Mudgee, south to Gundagai. Sleeping beneath the stars, finding work where he could, and observing this wild new land, Müller returned home eventually to write his memoirs - Neunzehn Jahre in Australien. This current edition has been translated into English and expanded, with maps, illustrations and historical insights, to bring Müller's trailblazing adventures to full and vibrant life.' -- back cover of The Swiss Swagman (2007).


  • English translation of the title: Nineteen Years in Australia : Faithful Description of Australia and its Social Conditions, in Travels and Interesting Experiences

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: German
    • Aarau,
      Western Europe, Europe,
      F.G. Martin , 1877 .
      Extent: 155p.p.
      Written as: T. Müller
      • Ferguson 12952a
Alternative title: The Swiss Swagman : Nineteen Years in Australia
Language: English
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Brolga Publishing , 2007 .
      Extent: xiv, 330p.
      Description: illus., maps
      • Dedication: To the memory of Gordon Dennes (1892-1976) who spent a lifetime researching the history of the Manning Valley, and who 'discovered' this book.
      • Includes appendices.
      • Introduction by Maurie Garland.
      • Forwards by Eric Richardson, President of Manning Valley Historical Society, and Christian Mühlethaler, Ambassador of Switzerland to Australia.
      ISBN: 9781921221026 (pbk.), 192122102X (pbk.)
Last amended 28 Jun 2007
  • New South Wales,
  • 1857-1876
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