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This is a second-hand hardcover book.

Condition: The dust jacket has fading, colour wear, surface rubbing, age spotting and browning to the flaps, and light to medium creasing and wear to the edges. There is a name and address written tidily in black pen on the first page. There is browning and age spotting to the first and last 2 pages, and to the edges of the compressed pages. There is compressing to the spine. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 163 x 255 mm
Publisher: R E Owen, Government Printer
Publication date: 1966 first edition


Journal of Ensign Best
Edited by Nancy M. Taylor

Although intended as a personal record for his family, Ensign. Best's journal is a delightful account of his sojourn in Australia, Norfolk Island, and New Zealand. His comments are often outspoken and his vivid accounts of exciting and unusual events make pleasant reading. To those interested in an earlier age the racy style and lively comment of this young army officer will re-create the events and personalities of another era. A random selection from the journal yields descriptions of hunting trips and picnics in New South Wales, vice-regal balls in Sydney, a bachelors' party on Norfolk Island, pig hunting in the Wairarapa, the first race meeting in New Zealand, sailing in Auckland harbour, the death and burial of Governor Hobson, and an expedition from Auckland to Taupo.

The journal is edited by Mrs Nancy M. Taylor, whose introduction provides a background against which Best's narrative falls into proper perspective. Her explanatory notes fill gaps in the journal and explain and clarify obscure references.


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