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)