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

The Life and Times of Sir George Grey, K.C.B.
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108039529

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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 first period as governor of Cape Colony. Volume 2 covers Grey's second governorships of Cape Colony and New Zealand, his engagement in English politics and his return to New Zealand in 1870. It concludes with an assessment of Grey's personal characteristics, successes and failures.

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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108039529
    • dimensions: 216 x 139 x 38 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: 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. Volume 2: Book V. Second Governorship of Cape Colony, 1859–61:
    31. Public opinion in England on the colonial question
    32. Visit to the Queen, and honours at Cambridge
    33. Prince Alfred's visit to South Africa
    34. Close of Prince Alfred's visit. The Cape Breakwater
    35. The Grey College at Bloemfontein
    36. Letters from African chiefs
    37. Review of Sir G. Grey's administration in South Africa
    38. The Grey Library
    Book VI. Second Governorship of New Zealand, 1861–7:
    39. New Zealand affairs from 1853 to 1861
    40. The Waikato War
    41. Changed position of the Governor in New Zealand
    42. Retrospect of second New Zealand government
    Book VII. Sir George Grey Engages in English Politics, 1868–70:
    43. New principle of appointing Colonial Governors
    44. Proposed appointment of General Gordon as military dictator in New Zealand
    45. The dismemberment craze
    46. The Newark election
    47. Farewell to England
    48. South Africa and England. A chapter of disasters
    49. Indictment of the Colonial Office
    50. Earl Grey and Earl Carnarvon compared
    Book VIII. Sir George Grey's Life in New Zealand, 1870–92:
    51. Kawau
    52. Sir Julius Vogel's public works policy
    53. Principal legislative reforms advocated by Sir George Grey, M.H.R.
    54. Federation of the English-speaking peoples
    55. A series of ovations
    56. Retrospect of Sir George Grey's public life
    57. Native feeling for Sir George Grey
    58. The public library at Auckland
    59. Grey's achievements, failures, and personal characteristics

  • Authors

    William Lee Rees

    Lily Rees

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