History of Australia: Volume 3

History of Australia: Volume 3

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When George William Rusden (1819-1903) was fourteen, his family emigrated from England to Australia, where he later became a prominent educationalist and civil servant. Already an author of numerous books and pamphlets, he began work on his History of Australia after his retirement, and it was published in 1883 in three volumes. Although the work is considered sympathetic to the Aboriginal people of Australia, it is also infused with Rusden's Tory politics, infuriating his critics - one wrote that the volumes were 'as untrustworthy as a partisan pamphlet well can be without deliberate dishonesty'. Despite initial criticism, these wide-ranging volumes form an important early contribution to the writing of Australian history. Volume 3 is mainly devoted to political matters, especially the Constitution Act of 1856 and the relationship between the colony and Britain. Rusden also gives a brief sketch of the governors who took office from this period onwards.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139013017
  • 9781139013017

Table of contents

15. General condition of Australia and statistics; 16. Further alterations of constitutions; 17. Exploration and aborigines; 18. Powers of houses of parliament - intercameral differences - attack on the council in Sydney - tacks in Victoria - Sir C. Darling; 19. Payment of members - colonial defences - imperial relations - reform bills in Australia - parliaments of South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland, and council of Western Australia; 20. Religion and education - governors - labour-trades and kidnapping - Fiji - judicial and jury systems - public works - free selection of land in New South Wales - education in Victoria; 21. Governors - alienation of crown lands in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia - New Guinea - statistics and general condition of Australia; Index.show more