New South Wales

New South Wales : Its Present State and Future Prospects

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This 1837 book was ghost-written by the young Edward Edwards (1812-86), later a key figure in the development of British public libraries. It contains two petitions requesting closer British government involvement in the transition of New South Wales from a convict colony to a well run society of respectable emigrants. It includes the names and, unusually for that period, the domiciles of all the petitioners, together with supporting arguments and detailed statistical documentation about the population, economy, laws and governance of the colony. The publication was supervised by the wealthy Australian-born landowner James Macarthur (1798-1867), who was becoming increasingly influential in the political and economic development of New South Wales. He aimed to secure 'the best interests of the Colony, strengthen the ties to the Parent State and render it in every way worthy of its British origin', by elevating 'the moral character of its society'.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 map
  • 1139107755
  • 9781139107754

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. Brief review of the policy hitherto pursued by the parent government towards the Colony of New South Wales; 2. Of transportation to New South Wales; its past inefficiency exemplified by the progressive increase and actual extent of crime in the Colony; chief causes of this state of things; remedial measures by which transportation may be made more efficient, or may be gradually discontinued; 3. Of the local jury law of New South Wales. Additional note on the jury law; 4. Of courts of justice; tenure of judicial office; magistracy; Legislative Council; titles to landed property from the Crown; applicability of British statutes; municipal bodies; 5. Of voluntary emigration to New South Wales, as it affects the interests both of the parent country and of the Colony; 6. Of the general resources of the Colony and of its future prospects. Additional note on the general state of the Colony at the period of the latest advices (February, 1837); 7. Of the means of education and religious instruction in New South Wales. Additional notes; 8. Recapitulation of the principal legislative and administrative measures recommended in the foregoing chapters. Conclusion; Appendix.
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