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Title: Life Of John Costello. Being the Adventures of a Pioneer, pastoralist and Explorer in Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Description: First Edition; 8vo.; pp.[xii], iv, 270; two frontispiece portraits, illustrated with seven other pages of b/w. plates, original green cloth, title lettered in black on spine and front board, booksellers stamp and bookplate on front fixed endpaper, pages edges a little browned otherwise a very good copy.

Comment: John Costello (1838-1923), pastoralist, was born in Yass, New South Wales. In June 1863 at the age of 25 John led a party of Goulburn Irish in their first attempt to take up land in south-west Queensland. They were caught in a drought north of Bourke, John narrowly escaped death by thirst and most of their stock and equipment was lost. John however persisted and financed by his parents set up a depot at Warroo Springs in northern New South Wales. In 1867 he moved to Mobel Creek 300 miles further north. In that same year he made a remarkable journey with 200 horses through unmapped country to Kapunda in South Australia. For a short time in 1877 he sold some of his properties and retired but with two years he was back in the west to buy Lake Nash, a huge property straddling the Queensland-Northern Territory border.

Publisher: Sydney; Dymock's Book Arcade ltd.; 1930.

Price: AUD$350

Book ID:104070

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