Travels among Gold and Cannibals in Western Australia
1870 – 1874
by Thomas Scott
ISBN 978-0-85905-025-8, (2010 new), A4, 42pp, 150gram
Intriguing material from Western Australia’s first gold rush to Peterwangy.
This idiosyncratic travelogue written for the author’s friends describes a journey from Albany, overland to Perth and eventually to Northampton. While the descriptions of travel, places and people – from convicts to governors, are of some interest it is his repeated references to gold, at Kendenup, Dandalup, and Peterwangy, as well as notes on the natives, including his near nemesis King Johny or Errinnoo of Northampton area, that create the greatest interest.
The covers feature colour sketches of Errinnoo the cannibal chief and a birds-eye view of Northampton from the manuscript.