The Story of Australasia; Its Discovery, Colonisation and Development

The Story of Australasia; Its Discovery, Colonisation and Development

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...prompted by the uncontrollable impulse by which the innocent as well as the guilty eye is riveted on an inanimate object of horror, though bound to recoil again and again with shuddering fear. At length the rainbow of Hope, that erst spanned the harbour, fulfils its pledges. It is true t ese have been long delayed; but so much the more is the pleasure enhanced, especially after many a long and joyless banquet of tears. And yet, alas for human content! still another fairy boon was needed to render the cup of happiness complete. Long years had been spent in a vain endeavour to induce the Imperial Government to remove from what had now become an established colony the obnoxious stigma of a penal settlement. The old blood had been absorbed or renovated by the large influx of free adventurers; but the periodic importation of undesirable cargoes presented an insurmountable obstacle to social or moral progress. The result could only be compared to the mythical wheel of Ixion, virtue ever and forever lapsing and backsliding under the superior traction force of freshly imported vice. At last, however, there beamed a ray of hope under a more enlightened regime, and the appeal was "favourably considered." Although nominally conceded in 1840, the original unwilling compliance of the Government was not formerly confirmed; and a recurrence to the old system was more than once threatened. The troubled rule of Governor Gipps (1838-1846) for which he himself--by carrying the Wakefield theory of artificially fixed land value to an extreme--is largely responsible, ended, as we have seen, like all subsequent " booms," in a financial collapse. The holders of "runs," or the "squatters," were in dismay, and longed more

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  • Paperback | 106 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 204g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236757491
  • 9781236757494