Volume 1: Preface; 1. Progress of discovery towards and in Australia; 2. Discoveries of the Dutch; 3. Discoveries of Dampier; 4. Discoveries of Captain Cook in Australia, Van Diemen's Land, and New Zealand, from 1768 to 1770; 5. Visits of Captains de Surville, St. Alouarn, and Marion du Fresne to Australia, Van Diemen's Land, and New Zealand in 1768 and 1772; 6. The Voyage of Cook and Furneaux, January, 1772 to 1774, in which Cook repeatedly visited New Zealand, and Captain Furneaux visited New Zealand and Van Diemen's Land; 7. La Perouse, and the voyages in quest of him; 8. Discoveries on the coasts of Australia and Van Diemen's Land betwixt 1788 and 1795, or betwixt the periods of Cook and Flinders; 9. The founding of Sydney, and the consequent discoveries of Bass's Straits, etc., by Bass and Flinders; 10. The survey of the south-eastern and northern coasts of Australia by Captain Flinders; 11. Impulse of discovery given by the settlement of Sydney; 12. The settlement of Tasmania and subsequent discoveries; 13. Commencement of progress into the interior of New South Wales. Evans's expedition. Oxley's two expeditions; 14. Discoveries of the Murrumbidgee River; of the Port Phillip district, by Hume and Hovell; of the Pandora Pass and Liverpool Plains; and of the Brisbane River; 15. The two expeditions of Captain Charles Sturt into the interior of Australia, for tracing the courses of the Macquarie and Murrumbidgee, and ending in the discovery of the Darling and the Murray in the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831; 16. Surveys of the Australian coasts by Captains King, Stokes, Fitzroy, etc.; 17. The three expeditions of Major, afterwards Sir Thomas, Mitchell for the discovery of the River Kindur, in Eastern Australia; for ascertaining the junction of the Darling with the Murray, and for the exploration of the district of Port Phillip, now Victoria; 18. The second expedition of Major Mitchell, being to the Darling, in 1835; 19. The third expedition of Major Mitchell to the Darling and Murray, and across Australia Felix, now Victoria, in 1836; 20. Settlement of Port Phillip by Batman and his associates; 21. Voyages of Captain Wickham, Fitzroy, and Stokes, in the Beagle, round the Australian coasts, from 1837 to 1843; 22. Discoveries in north-west and western Australia between the years 1837 and 1840, by Lieutenants Grey and Lushington; 23. Second expedition of Captain Grey, namely to Shark's Bay; discovery of the River Gascoyne; 24. The expeditions of Mr. Eyre into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1; 25. Overland journey to King George's Sound. Volume 2: 1. Dr. Leichhardt's expedition overland from Moreton Bay to Port Essington in the years 1844 and 1845; 2. The expedition of Captain Sturt into Central Australia in the years 1844, 45, and 46; 3. Exploring expeditions in Western Australia continued; 4. Sir Thomas Mitchell's fourth expedition. Discovery of the Barcoss; 5. Kennedy's explorations of the Barcoo and of the York Peninsula, 1847; 6. The expedition of Mr. Robert Austin, assistant surveyor, into the interior of Western Australia, in 1854; 7. Expedition for the exploration of Northern Australia in 1855-6, under the command of Mr. A. C. Gregory; 8. The expeditions of John McDouall Stuart, extending from Adelaide to the North Sea, from 1858 to 1862; 9. The exploring expedition of Victoria in 1860-1 under the command of Messrs. Burke and Wills; 10. Expedition in quest of that of Messrs. Burke and Wills, under the command of Mr. Alfred William Howitt; 11. The journey of Burke and Wills to the Gulf of Carpentaria, and return to Cooper's Creek; 12. The exploration expedition of Mr. McKinlay in search of Burke and Wills in 1861 and 1862; 13. Landsborough's expedition from the Gulf of Carpentaria in quest of Burke and Wills, 1861; 14. Mr. Frederick Walker's expedition in
First published in 1865, this lively two-volume history describes the European exploration and settlement of Australia and New Zealand.