Author: COSTELLO, MICHAEL M. J.
Life Of John Costello. Being the Adventures of a Pioneer,
pastoralist and Explorer in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
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.
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.
Sydney; Dymock's Book Arcade ltd.; 1930.
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