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There is a large river in New Holland, called Hawkesbury. In this river there are swans, which are quite black. All the swans of Europe, America, and Asia, are white, and it is very common to say, “as white as a swan." Such a thing as a black swan, was not imagined to exist, till they were discovered in New Holland.
There is a very large bird found in this island, called Emeu. It is of the ostrich kind, but its neck is much shorter, and its body longer; and it is destitute of the beautiful glossy feathers, which form the tail of the ostrich. It is one of the largest of all the feathered race, and is sometimes seven feet long. Its flesh is said to taste like beef.
The native inhabitants of New Holland, of middle height, with slender frames, and large heads. Their hair is woolly like the people of New Guinea. Some of them are of a copper
What of the Black Swan ?. What of the Emeu ? Describe the natives of New Holland
color, and some nearly black. Many of them are nearly covered with hair.
They are destitute of clothing, and most of them have no houses, but sleep in the open air. They live indeed almost like the brutes. They have few tools, or utensils of any kind. Their warriors have spears and shields; and paint themselves in a hideous manner.
There is very little to please us, in the description of these people. They have been represented by the English settlers, as brutal and savage to the last degree. But I am inclined to think they are not a very bad people after all.
At the southeast corner of New Holland, and separated from it only by a small strip of the sea, is a large island called Van Diemen's land. The climate here is very healthy, and the English have several settlements, the chief of which is Hobart town.
The natives are negroes, like those of New Holland, but they build better huts, and appear to have more intelligence and humanity.
What about Var. Diemen's land?
The ship leaves New Holland, and goes to Nero Zealand.
Various matters and things, about New Zealand. HAVING remained about three weeks at Port Jackson, our ship set sail for New Zealand. This consists of two islands, separated by a strait about fifteen miles in width. They are ‘ong and narrow, and both together have somewhat the shape of a boot.
We reached the northern part of New Zealand, in about three weeks after we left New Holland. We sailed along the eastern coast, and several times came to anchor. The officers went ashore at various places, and had considerable intercourse with the natives.
The people are tall, well formed, and of a copper color. They are entirely unlike the negroes of New Holland, and New Guinea, but bear a strong resemblance to the inhabitants of the Polynesian islands.
What of New Zealand ? What of the people?