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The FIRST Australian settlers, a mixed crew of soldiers and scallywags, officials and opportunists, had few useful skills and the absolute minimum of equipment. But they had one thing in common. If they did not find ways to adapt themselves to this new land, they would perish. They worked literally from the ground up. In agriculture, building, transport, fishing, furniture, woodworking, food processing, and all the other essentials of life they had to make the best of whatever came handy. If they lacked skills they had to lean them. When they lacked materials they had to find local equivalents. If their tools were unsuitable they had to adapt them, or fashion new ones. In the process, this isolated English community and those who followed them became the founders of Australian crafts and trades... and of the Australian flair for adaptation, innovation, and improvisation. In this book by, the text by Lorna Ollif and photographs by Walter Crosthwaite give a fascinating glimpse into a little-known area of Australian history. They describe and illustrate the tools available and the ways in which they were used, the clumsy craftsmanship which developed into genuine skills, the first use of local materials and the first Australian industries, and the growth of a community which, like all other communities, was based upon its crafts and tools.
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Book Description Rigby (Australia), 1977. Hardback. Condition: VERY GOOD. 1977. Rigby (Australia). First. Hard Cover. Book- VG. DJ- VG, protective covered. 9.5x7.5. 63pp. Profuse b/w photos. Seller Inventory # 507293
Book Description Rigby, Australia, 1977. Hard Cover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Non-authorial inscription on flyleaf. Still condition is VG/VG. Seller Inventory # 7604
Book Description Rigby, Adelaide, 1977. Hard Cover. Condition: Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Good Plus. First Edition. 63pp, b/w photos throughout. Or blue boards in jacket. Front board and front jacket panel have multiple small circular indentations (paper not pierced). Internally, the book is in very good conditon. The book describes and illustrate the tools available and the ways in which they were used by the first Australian settlers. Chapters cover homes, farmers, clothing, trades, transport, furniture, fishing, whaling and sealing. Size: Large 8vo. Seller Inventory # 028907
Book Description Rigby Limited, Adelaide, 1977. Hardback. 1st Edition. Small Quarto Size. Very Good copy in Very Good dustjacket. Dustjacket is now protected in a purpose-made plastic sleeve. Illustrated with Black and White Photographs. 63 pages. From early homes to clothing, farming, trades, transport and fishing, describes how early settlers created or adapted tools and crafts to survive in the new land in which they found themselves. Seller Inventory # 13258