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Capt. W. J. Barry

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William Jackson Barry arrived in Sydney, from England, in 1828, possibly as a juvenile convict, and embarked on a lifetime of adventuring and speculation. Turning with enthusiasm to any likely enterprise, he moved constantly from place to place, following opportunity, making and losing several large fortunes. He crossed Australia as a drover, coach driver, cattle trader, butcher and possibly bushranger, and sailed on whaling and trading ships throughout Australasia and Indochina. In Calcutta, in 1840, he joined the navy, serving on gunboats in Burma, Malaya and China. The easy profits of the goldrushes took him to Sacramento, California, in 1849, back to Ballarat in 1856 or 1857, and to Otago, New Zealand, in 1862. His colourful life provided material for three books and for a seemingly inexhaustible series of lectures and public performances given throughout New Zealand, Australia and England. Up and Down; or Fifty Years' Colonial Experiences was published in London in 1879, and was twice revised and expanded, first in 1897 for Past & Present and Men of the Times and, with short pen-portraits of notable colonial figures, to produce in 1903 Glimpses of the Australian Colonies and New Zealand. He died at the age of 88.

Up and Down
Fifty Years Colonial Experiences in Australia, California, New Zealand, India, China, and the South Pacific being the Life History of Capt. W. J. Barry written by himself (1879) (pdf)

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