Towns and Villages of New South Wales is a collection of six books containing stories from reporters travelling through New South Wales in the 1870s.
Travelling Correspondents were a hardy breed of men who walked and rode through New South Wales. They interviewed station owners, selectors, hotel keepers, businessmen, teachers and clergy. They drew their sketches, wrote up their notes and sent them off to their head office for publication. Their reports gave their readers fascinating pen and ink sketches of established and growing towns, businesses, mining areas, agriculture and livestock.
The Australian Town and Country Journal, The Empire and The Sydney Morning Herald provided an avenue for subscribers and casual readers to gain insight into places within their localities and took armchair travellers to unknown places.Compiled and edited by Eugenia Rauch to include illustrations that accompanied the reports, Towns and Villages of New South Wales gives us a unique, contemporary view of Australian colonial history in the 1870s.
Each book in the collection contains a map for each series of reports and is fully indexed They provide a rich source of information for family historians, and readers interested in colonial history.