Brisbane: H.J. Diddams & Co., 1913. First Edition. Small octavo (18.5 x 12.5cm); pp (8) 121 (1); one folding map and 11 photo illustrations [two of which are doubles: Harry Mikalsen (the first person to ascend Coonowrim) and Alex, Clark and Willy Fraser at the base of Crookneck]; plain endpapers; original purple cloth covered boards with gilt lettering in a gilt nouveau frame on top board.
Cloth covers are mottled, faded and nibbled; some fox marks to the edges of the block and two small stains to its base, internally clean with very occasional rust spot. Item #1329
Thomas Welsby (1858-1941) was an Ipswich born company director, politician, local historian and sportsman. According to the australia Dictionary of Biography he was foundational member of the Historical Society of Queensland, serving as Treasurer, President adn Vice President, and he advocated that the government subsidize the society to collect Queensland's early records. He wrote seven books about the History of the Moreton Bay Region. The Discoverers of the Brisbane River published in 1913 was the third.