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Gordon & Gotch, Melbourne, 1920. hardcover, 9 3/4" x 7 1/2" (no jacket issued?). Book in GOOD condition. Dark-green cloth-bound boards with gold type & motif to front (& almost invisible, through wear] on spine; frontis photograph, 78 other b&w photographs, district maps, fold-out chart of Railway Freight & Passengers carried [1909-1914]. From title page: 'Being a description of the Big Scrub in its Virgin State with its Birds and Animals, and of the Adventures and Hardship of its Early Explorers and Prospectors, Also Accounts by the Settlers of the Clearing, Settlement, and Development of the Country.' An amazing first-hand historical account, now scarce, of South Gippsland. Covers: Western Port exploration, early pastoral runs, flora & fauna, aborigines, coal exploration, lyre birds, road & railway development, dairying, 1898 bush fire, education, churches, and the detailed recollections of 38 district pioneers. Previous owner's details to front paste-down. Covers worn, marked; binding firm.