The Life and Times of Sir George Grey, K.C.B.: Volume 1

The Life and Times of Sir George Grey, K.C.B.: Volume 1

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Published in 1892, this two-volume biography chronicles the remarkable life and career of Sir George Grey (1812-98), the 11th premier of New Zealand. William Lee Rees (1836-1912), lawyer, politician and well-known supporter of Grey, co-wrote this work with his daughter Lily, and the books outline how Grey became arguably the most influential figure during the European settlement of New Zealand in the nineteenth century. The volumes proceed chronologically and are organised by the main events in Grey's life. Volume 1 begins with Grey's upbringing and early years, and describes his first voyage to Western Australia, his first government of New Zealand and his time as governor of Cape Colony. In addition to recounting the incidents, adventures and achievements of Grey's life, Rees also conveys Grey's personal principles and aspirations, giving the reader an insight into the character of this colonial governor and servant of the empire.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 b/w illus.
  • 1139108336
  • 9781139108331

Table of contents

Introduction; Book I. Birth and Early Years, 1812-40: 1. Life's commencement; 2. First commission and early service in Scotland and Ireland; 3. Appointment to conduct explorations in Western Australia; 4. First outward voyage. Forecasts of future life; 5. First exploration; 6. Second exploration; 7. Grey resident at King George's Sound. Method of dealing with native races; Book II. Government of South Australia, 1841-5: 8. Unhappy position of Colony. Change effected by Grey; 9. The summons to New Zealand; 10. Review of Grey's life in Australia. Correspondence and scientific pursuits; Book III. First Government of New Zealand, 1845-54: 11. Grey's arrival at Auckland. Sketch of previous history of the Colony; 12. Speedy and triumphant conclusion of the Maori War; 13. Short history of the New Zealand Company; 14. Maori policy. Proposed federation of the Pacific Islands; 15. New Zealand constitution of 1846; 16. The Despatch of July, 1849; 17. Land regulations and constitution of 1852; 18. Constitution for the Church of England; 19. Karaitiana and Hapuku; 20. Grey's departure from New Zealand. Feelings of both races; 21. Sir George Grey's vindication. Honours at Oxford; Book IV. First Governorship of Cape Colony, 1854-9: 22. Sketch of previous South African history; 23. The Governor and Mr Shepstone's proposed kingdom; 24. Subjugation of Kafir chiefs and witch doctors; 25. The Grey Hospital; 26. The Kafir prophetess and the 'wonderful prophecy'; 27. The Indian Mutiny and the China army; 28. The German Legion; 29. The Governor recalled; 30. Dismay of South Africa.
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