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History of Australia

History of Australia
3 Volume Set

Part of Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania

  • Date Published: April 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108030588

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  • When George William Rusden (1819–1903) was fourteen, his family emigrated from England to Australia, where he later became a prominent educationalist and civil servant. Already an author of numerous books and pamphlets, he began work on his History of Australia after his retirement, and it was published in 1883 in three volumes. Although the work is considered sympathetic to the Aboriginal people of Australia, it is also infused with Rusden's Tory politics, infuriating his critics – one wrote that the volumes were 'as untrustworthy as a partisan pamphlet well can be without deliberate dishonesty'. Despite initial criticism, these wide-ranging volumes form an important early contribution to the writing of Australian history, beginning with the arrival of Europeans and the establishment of the first colony, and then describing the establishment of constitutions for the states, and examining the relationship between Australia and Britain.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108030588
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 155 mm
    • weight: 3kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Discoveries
    2. Australia and the Australians
    3. Governor Phillip
    4. Governor Hunter
    5. Governor King
    6. Governor Bligh
    7. Governor Macquarie
    8. Governor Brisbane. Volume 2:
    9. Governor Darling
    10. Governor Bourke
    11. Governor Gipps
    12. General condition of colonies – alterations of constitutions – crown lands – immigration
    13. Cessation of transportation
    14. Discovery of gold. Volume 3:
    15. General condition of Australia and statistics
    16. Further alterations of constitutions
    17. Exploration and aborigines
    18. Powers of houses of parliament – intercameral differences – attack on the council in Sydney – tacks in Victoria – Sir C. Darling
    19. Payment of members – colonial defences – imperial relations – reform bills in Australia – parliaments of South Australia, Tasmania, and Queensland, and council of Western Australia
    20. Religion and education – governors – labour-trades and kidnapping – Fiji – judicial and jury systems – public works – free selection of land in New South Wales – education in Victoria
    21. Governors – alienation of crown lands in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, and Western Australia – New Guinea – statistics and general condition of Australia

  • Author

    George William Rusden

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