NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS CONCERNING ALAN VILLIERS SHIP JOSEPH CONRADTWO VOLUMES

By: Villiers, Alan

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NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS CONCERNING ALAN VILLIERS SHIP JOSEPH CONRADTWO VOLUMES by Villiers, Alan
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Sydney Sun 1936-1937. Sydney 'Sun' newspaper articles and others relating to a hair-brained voyage of discovery in the little square rigged ship Joseph Conrad. Hit by the Australian Government with an import duty of many thousands of pounds Villiers became a member of the Sydney Yacht Squadron adopting its burgee on his 'Private Yacht' thus avoiding taxes. Needing to raise money to keep afloat the wily Villiers hit upon a madcap idea - a Voyage of Discovery - just like James Cook whom Villiers idolised. The idea of the voyage was to look for gold on Pacific Islands in 1937. Earlier Villiers had shown a number of Melbourne businessmen sacks of gold wash taken from a 'secret location' on the trip to Australia. The gold hungry 'investors' put up 50,000 pounds and formed a company Australian Mineral Development Co. The 'Gold Voyage' crew included botanists geologists, and engineers. The voyage for gold was a farce. They found a skull on an island beach, nearly sank, hit a reef, sailed through many storms, all got fed up and came home. Villiers sold the ship to an American. 75 main articles and many many pictures. The graphic accounts of the voyage was sensationalised by Villiers and mailed back to the editors whenever the little ship found a civilised location. These articles and others are pasted into two stiff card covered bound books. Near fine condition. 56pp. 300 x 200mm

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