19th-Century Australian Travel Writing
Colonial Adventures and Experiences was published by ‘A University Man,’ however its authorship has been attributed to Oxford graduate George Carrington (1844-1903). It is chiefly a geographical and personal description of Carrington's experience of Queensland: as he notes, this narrative was not the result of a holiday experience or travel, but an account of daily working life. Carrington ironically discusses his various attempted colonial occupations—telegraph-pole hole digger, shepherd, special correspondent, photographer’s assistant, schoolmaster, candle-maker, bark-stripper. He also discusses his observations and interactions with Aboriginal people, colonial violence, and the indentured South Sea Islander labour force. On return to Britain, Carrington worked in journalism.