Update October 2020

An increasing amount of Andrew Bent’s printing output is becoming available online thanks to the fantastic digitisation work of the holding institutions (especially the National Library of Australia, State Library of New South Wales, and Libraries Tasmania)

All newspapers published or printed by Bent, in both Hobart and Sydney, are available on Trove.

Colonial Times on Trove

Numerous digitised books and pamphlets can now be accessed via Trove or the online catalogues of the holding libraries.  A number of rare pamphlets (including two early ones not listed in Ferguson or held in Australia) have recently become available through the National Library’s AJCP digitisation program.

I am adding links to the relevant pages on this website as digital versions become available. The following checklist provides direct links to online titles (excluding newspapers) available as at 16 October 2020. 

Happy browsing!


An address to his Honor Lieutenant Governor Davey 1815. 4 copies.

CO201/78CO201/80; CO201/89CO201/137 (Bigge papers)

Four bushranger proclamations [reprinted ca Sep 1815]

11 Mar 1813 (Davey) 14 May 1814 (Macquarie) 11 Mar 1815 (Davey) 25 Apr 1815 (Davey)

First report of the Auxiliary Branch Bible Society of Van Diemen’s Land 1819

Catalogue of sundries  (Printed for an auction in 1820. A rare survivor)

Port regulations 1822

Proceedings in the case of His Majesty’s Attorney-General, J.T. Gellibrand 1826

British Library

Correspondence, relating to the resignation of Mr. Gordon 1832

Libraries Tasmania

Van Diemen’s Land Pocket Almanack

Tasmanian Almanack 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1830

[Proclamation re Matthew Brady and other bushrangers] 1826

National Library of Australia

Digitised items include Bent’s iconic book on bushranger Michael Howe, and two naughty satires, The Van Diemen’s Land Warriors and The Hermit in Van Diemen’s Land

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Michael Howe [1819]

Address to the Agricultural Society 1823

Van Diemen’s Land Warriors 1827

General Power of Attorney [1827]

Tasmanian Almanack 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829, 1830

Hermit in Van Diemen’s Land [1830]

Low, Francis. Prospectus for constructing a model, and compiling a statistical report of the town of Sydney [1840]

State Library of NSW

Recently digitised titles are an interesting mix of early government printing, political pamphlets and practical works. 


Port Regulations and Orders 1815

Rules and orders of the Lieutenant Governor’s Court  1819

Regulations, respecting assigned male and female convict servants  1821

Address to the Agricultural Society 1823

Minutes of the evidence recently adduced before Joseph Hone Esquire  1824

Charter of the Bank of Van Diemen’s Land 1825

Tasmanian Almanack 1826 [sheet almanac]

Proceedings in the case of His Majesty’s Attorney-General, J.T. Gellibrand 1826

Observations on the establishment of the Wesleyan Library 1826

Cornwall Collegiate Institution 1827

Rules and regulations of the Wesleyan Library  1827


Address to, and Correspondence with His Excellency Lieutenant Governor Arthur upon the Subject of the recent Colonial Acts imposing a License upon the Free Press of Van Diemen’s Land 1827 (3rd item bound with other titles in volume entitled: Correspondence …)

Correspondence between the Local Government of Van Diemen’s Land; and the Proprietors of the Colonial Times, respecting the Suspension of that Newspaper [1829?] (2nd item bound with other titles)

Hermit in Van Diemen’s Land 1829

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The schoolmaster in Van Diemen’s Land  1834

Trial of Mr. Thomas Lewis 1834.

[Petition of Andrew Bent to the House of Commons] 1836 (4th item bound with other titles in volume entitled: Correspondence …)

A letter addressed to Joseph Hume 1836 (1st item bound with other titles in volume entitled: Correspondence …)

Touchstone of the New Religion 1839

Appeal to the Sympathies and Benevolence of the Australasian Public 1844


  1. Thanks Cassie. Yes these early printings, so important in the story of early Australian publishing, and for the light they shed on colonial Tasmania, are indeed fascinating. Most of course are very rare, and it is wonderful that they are now becoming more accessible.


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