Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer by Robert Macklin

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April 2017, no. 390
Katy Gerner reviews 'Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer' by Robert Macklin

Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer

by Robert Macklin

Hachette $32.99 pb, 352 pp, 9780733634055

Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer by Robert Macklin

Reviewed by
April 2017, no. 390

Robert Macklin is a great admirer of Hamilton Hume (1797–1873). He paints a vivid, scholarly picture of one of Australia’s lesser-known ‘currency’ explorers: a man who spent his youth hiking in the bush, with his brother and an Aboriginal guide, as often as his mother would allow. Hume was a successful farmer, able bushman and an expert on Aboriginal customs and languages. It was these skills that led to Hume’s being invited on expeditions to find arable land. These journeys were successful: land and water were found, and Hume’s teams returned alive and without the bloodshed which occurred in later expeditions, where the leaders lacked Hume’s linguistic skills and cultural understanding.

Katy Gerner reviews 'Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer' by Robert Macklin

Hamilton Hume: Our greatest explorer

by Robert Macklin

Hachette $32.99 pb, 352 pp, 9780733634055

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