Colonial Ambition: Foundations of Australian Democracy

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 1. jan. 2006 - 581 strani
Colonial Ambition tells the story of the politicians and would-be politicians of Sydney, who were driven by a determination to lift themselves and their new colony to a higher level. They wanted parliamentary liberty, though they were sharply divided over the form it might take and these divisions, centred in Sydney, were unremitting. Peter Cochrane tells of the fight for responsible government and democracy through a memorable cast of characters: W.C. Wentworth, Sir George Gipps, Robert Lowe, Lord Howick (Earl Grey), Henry Parkes, Charles Cowper, Lord John Russell and more, all of whom speak for themselves, in the robust language of the day. Written with great brio and verve, Peter Cochrane has brought to life the various players in a way that is very rare in the writing of Australian history. Colonial Ambition is testament that Australia does have a rich and exciting political history.
 

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Introduction
1
Part I
37
Round One
39
Robert Lowe
60
The Crown Lands
69
The Levee
96
The London Lobby
106
The Price of Land and the Value of Everything
125
Like Canada
283
Malcoms Circus
292
Blocking Supply
302
Part III
323
Herman Merivale
325
A Conspiracy Against Liberty
341
The Spirit of the British Constitution
353
Black Man Comin Down the Chimney
368

A Sheep Walk Forever
136
Lady Mary Fitzroy
150
The New Constitution
157
Part II
167
A Gross Breach of Faith
197
Departure
219
John Dunmore Lang
229
Barrack Square
241
Thomsons Swindle
252
A Beautifully Timed Martyrdom
267
Out of Doors
384
The Removal of the Struggle to a New Sphere
396
Denison Thomson and the Needy Men
420
The New Road
436
The Torchlight Meeting
457
Democracy
470
the Final Round
487
Notes
512
Index
562
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Stran 547 - Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field ; that, of course, they are many in number ; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shrivelled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.

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Historian Peter Cochrane is the author of the critically acclaimed companion volume to the ABC television series Australians at War (ABC Books, 2001) and Simpson and the Donkey- The Making of a Legend (Melbourne University Press, 1992). He is now at work on a new project, Bligh's Factotum, about William Bligh's sojourn in the colony of New South Wales.

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