The Life of Sir Frederick Weld, G.C.M.G.

The Life of Sir Frederick Weld, G.C.M.G. : A Pioneer of Empire

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Written in 1914 by Alice, Lady Lovat (1846-1938), a cousin, this biography of Sir Frederick Aloysius Weld (1823-91) is characterised by its subtitle, 'a pioneer of empire'. The young Weld emigrated to New Zealand with a cousin to establish sheep stations. Entering politics, he became Minister for Native Affairs and then Premier; his Native Rights Act of 1865 redressed many of the grievances which had led to the Maori Wars. In 1868 he was appointed Governor of Western Australia, where he brought in a degree of representative government and helped develop the telegraph and transport infrastructure. In 1874 he became Governor of Tasmania, and in 1880 was promoted to the Straits Settlements, where his period as a colonial administrator was notable for the increase of British influence among the princely rulers of the Malay States. Retiring in 1887 for health reasons, he died in England in 1891.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 b/w illus.
  • 113910831X
  • 9781139108317

Table of contents

Foreword; Preface; The Weld pedigree; 1. Frederick Weld's early recollections, at home and abroad; 2. He embarks in a sailing vessel; 3. Description of New Zealand; 4. Weld takes a share in a sheep-station; 5. Sporting experiences at Flaxbourne by land, lake, and sea; 6. The Maori point of view; 7. Weld's continued interest in New Zealand; 8. Early history of the Swan River Colony; 9. A year's progress by Western Australia; 10. Letter to Lord Kimberley from Victoria plains; 11. Discovery and colonisation of Tasmania; 12. Weld's encouragement of the Volunteer movement; 13. 'The golden Chersonese'; 14. Causes for Weld's success with Eastern races; 15. Boundary disputes; 16. Sir Frederick's health breaks down; 17. Chideock described; Index.
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