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Issue Details: First known date: 1884... 1884 Diary of Ten Years Eventful Life of an Early Settler in Western Australia; and, Also a Descriptive Vocabulary of the Language of the Aborigines
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In his 'Preface: Introductory and Explanatory' to this 1884 version of his Diary, Moore describes 'the "Diary or Journal" herinafter contained ... It was commenced soon after my embarcation from Dublin ... for the space of ten years in the colony, until my first return home on leave of absence. It was not continued after that time. ' (vi) The 'original letters' were first 'carefully preserved by those to whom they were sent in [Ireland]' and later 'confided to the care of a near relative in the colony, who had expressed a great desire to see them.' (vii). They were shown to Thomas Cockburn-Campbell, half owner and editor of the West Australian newspaper who requested permission from Moore to 'publish extracts from them seriatim in his paper, according as space would admit of.' (vii). Cockburn-Campbell sent Moore 'a copy of each paper which contained an extract.' Moore 'cut out those extracts and gummed them into an album ... enabl[ing] me to publish them all here afresh.' (vii)

With the Diary of Ten Years, Moore added 'a "Descriptive Vocabulary" of the language of the Aborigines...' (vii) originally published in 1842 and 'long out of print'. (ix)

J. M. R. Cameron in his introduction to The Millendon Memoirs (2006) notes that the Diary 'brought together the 1834 Extracts as they appeared originally, edited by Doyle not Campbell, and Campbell's edited excerpts for the later period.... [However] Moore deleted entries for the period from 10 April to 11 June 1836 which had appeared in the [West Australian] newspaper on 4 April 1882. (viii-ix)


  • Dedication: I dedicate this book to Frederick Gonnerman Dalgety, of Lockerly hall, Esquire, in kindly recognition of benefits conferred by him on some of my near relations. - George Fletcher Moore August, 1884.
  • The extracts published in Western Australian Writing: An Online Anthology, Wide Domain and The Macmillan Anthology of Australian Literature listed above are taken from this, 1884, version of Moore's Diary.
  • The Diary includes the edited version of Moore's journal of his voyage to Western Australia in 1830, originally published in Extracts from the Letters and Journals of Geroge Fletcher Moore (1834).
  • Individual letters and Moore's journal in the Diary are not indexed separately.

    Moore's poetry and the Descriptive Vocabulary are indexed separately.


* Contents derived from the London,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
M Walbrook , 1884 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Think of Me : Farewell Linesi"Think of me, when first the sun", George Fletcher Moore , 1830 single work poetry (p. [iv])
Note: Written as: G. F. Moore
Untitledi"Aye! give the body to the deep", George Fletcher Moore , 1834 single work poetry (p. 8-9)
First Day of the Shooting Seasoni"Oh, what a spirit-stirring day", George Fletcher Moore , 1884 single work poetry (p. 14)
Untitledi"I gaze on the moon - I gaze on the moon -", George Fletcher Moore , 1834 single work poetry (p. 16-18)
A Dream of Homei"When gentle slumber seals my eyes", George Fletcher Moore , 1834 single work poetry (p. 19-20)
Western Australia For Mei"From the old Western world, we have come to explore", George Fletcher Moore , 1831 single work lyric/song (p. 65)
A Native Karobbereei"Come, I'll describe you a native Karobberee :-", George Fletcher Moore , 1884 single work poetry (p. 210)
An Awakeningi"Spirit of better days", George Fletcher Moore , 1835 single work poetry (p. 294-296)
Note: Written as: G. F. M.
A Descriptive Vocabulary of the Language in Common Use Amongst the Aborigines of Western Australia, with Copious Meanings, Embodying Much Interesting Information Regarding the Habits, Manners and Customs of the Natives and the Natural History of the Country, George Fletcher Moore , 1842 single work criticism

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • London,
      United Kingdom (UK),
      Western Europe, Europe,
      M Walbrook ,
      1884 .
      Extent: xi, 423, xi, 119p.p.
      • Includes 'Preface: Introductory and Explanatory' by George Fletcher Moore
      • Includes '(From the 'West Australian')' - the editor's note printed above the first instalment of Letters Illustrative of the Early History of the Colony serialised in the West Australian newspaper 1880 - 1882.
    • Nedlands, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: UWA Publishing , 1978 .
      Extent: [3], xi, 423, xi, 119p.p.
      Edition info: Facsimile edition
      • With an introduction by C. T. Stannage.
      ISBN: 0855641371
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