Grien on Rougement or the Story of a Modern Robinson Crusoe



De Rougemont's spectacular adventures startled the world in 1898. The tale of shipwreck, rescue by aboriginals, and wondrous happening in the north Australian wilds held the world spellbound.

His descriptions of flying wombats, riding turtles, and bevy of aboriginal wives enthralled. Then the penny dropped and irate explorers pulled the plug on him. Carr Boyd outdid him in his tall tales. In 1898 the Daily Chronicle published this expose of both De Rougemont and his foolish followers with the magnificent Phil May cartooning and lampooning all.

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