The Progress of Australasia in the Nineteenth Century

The Progress of Australasia in the Nineteenth Century

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Sir Timothy Coghlan (1855-1926) was the statistician for New South Wales from 1886, and is regarded as Australia's first 'Mandarin'. His advice was sought by state and federal governments on matters as diverse as tax, public sanitation and infant mortality. In 1905 he took up an appointment as New South Wales government agent in London, remaining there for the rest of his life. First published in 1903, this was one of the first comprehensive histories of Australia, and it benefits greatly from the author's extensive hard statistical data. In contrast to his later Labour and Industry (also reissued in this series), Coghlan and his co-author, T. T. Ewing (1856-1920), discuss the politics behind progress as much as the economics. Charting the country's development from penal colony to urbanised democracy, they conclude with a wealth of statistical data to endorse the assertion that 'the possibilities for Australia's future are tremendous'.show more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139013122
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Part I. Introductory and General: 1. Discovery of Australia and arrangements made for founding a colony; Part II. New South Wales: 2. Foundation of New South Wales; 3. New South Wales as a penal colony; 4. Industrial crisis of 1843 and discovery of gold; 5. The Robertson Lands Acts and the Chinese trouble; 6. Bushranging epoch. The O'Farrell case; 7. New South Wales from 1869 to 1888; 8. Recent history. Labour troubles; Part III. Victoria: 9. Voyages of discovery; 10. The Hentys at Portland Bay; 11. Batman and Fawkner; 12. Separation from New South Wales; 13. Discovery of gold; 14. Eureka Stockade; 15. Responsible government; 16. Recent history; Part IV. Queensland: 17. Beginnings of settlement; 18. Explorations; 19. Separation from New South Wales; 20. Recent history; Part V. South Australia: 21. Foundation of the Province of South Australia; 22. Representative government; Part VI. Tasmania: 23. Discovery and settlement; 24. Bushranging troubles and native difficulty; 25. Abolition of transportation; 26. Responsible government; Part VII. Western Australia: 27. From first settlement to abolition of transportation; 28. Responsible government; 29. Gold discoveries; 30. Explorations; Part VIII. Industrial History: 31. First industrial period, 1788-1821; 32. Second industrial period, 1821-1838; 33. Third industrial period, 1838-1852; 34. Fourth industrial period, 1852-1858; 35. Fifth industrial period, 1858-1872; 36. Sixth industrial period, 1872-1893. New South Wales and Victoria; 37. Sixth industrial period, 1872-1893. Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia; 38. The great strike of 1890 and the Broken Hill strike of 1892; Part IX. Australasia of To-Day: 39. Federation; 40. The Australian Commonwealth; 41. General problems of Australia and Tasmania. Statistics; more