Brisbane: Watson, Ferguson & Co. Ltd., 1923. First Edition. Hardcover octavo (22.5 x 15cm), pp. xiv, [2, blank], 373, [3, blank] + frontispiece and 11 black and white photographic plates; tan cloth covered boards with lettering in gilt on the spine and front cover; white pictorial dust wrapper with lettering and borders in black; signed by author.
Head of spine gently pushed, tail a little bruised and a 10mm section of the gilt band at the tail is a touch dull; binding is a little tender, starting between pp. ii & iii; edges faintly dust toned, a light 5mm insect stain on the top edge of the rear board, bottom edges gently scuffed with small patches of light wear and a 20mm ding on the bottom edge of the rear board; top corners a touch abraded, bottom corners bruised, 10mm along bottom corner of front board worn; 1mm spot below the title on the front cover; edges of text block are foxed with light insect damage; endpapers are foxed with toning caused by the dust wrapper; two library numbers at the top of the ffep; liberal use of a library stamp reading, 'The Queensland Authors and Artists' Association Brisbane,' throughout, two stamps on the ffep, singular stamps on the the versos of the frontispiece and the plates facing pp. xiv, 10, 64, 164, 246, 272, 288, 320 & 360, on pp. iii, xiii, 74, 97, 124, 193, 233 & 373 and on the rear paste-down; 3mm horizontal closed tear on the fore edge of pp. ix; pages between 257-260, 289-292 & 309-312 are partially uncut; plates are gently rippled and have caused toning to facing pages; spotting throughout, heavy damage on some pages while others are mostly clean; dust wrapper is uncut; 10mm chips out of the hinges at the head of the spine; bottom 25mm of spine is missing; library number across spine and toning caused by sticker on the spine of the book; edges are creased with tears, largest tear is 35mm; all corners are chipped, a 35 x 20mm section missing from the bottom corner of the front of the jacket; hinges of flaps are a touch brittle, a 5mm insect hole and a 40 x 10mm abrasion on the fore edge of the front cover; wrapper is scuffed with large spots. Item #1072
Robert Martin Collins (1843 - 1913) was an important figure in the development of Queensland. Considered an authority on western Queensland by his peers, he was among the organizers of the North Australian Pastoral Co, together with his father John and brother William. Also an expert in stock and land he was always trying to improve conditions for the Queensland pastoral industry. His suggestion in May 1893 that meatworks would help the export trade led to the passing of the Meat and Dairy Encouragement Act in September that year. He was active in forming the Queensland Meat Export Co. and became a director. Collins was a member of the Queensland branch of the Royal Geographical Society, and its president in 1896 and was inspired by Yellowstone National Park in the United States to become one of the founders of the National Park system in Queensland. When he died on 18 August at Tamrookum, near Beaudesert, 600 people attended his funeral - many coming from Brisbane by special train.