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Macquarie: From Colony to Country
Macquarie charts the eventful rule of Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to late 1821. These were crucial years during which the fate of the colony was in the balance after years of struggle, famine, and strife culminating in a military coup against Governor William Bligh. Under Macquarie's leadership, civil rule and good order were firmly established ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Random House Australia
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Oct 07, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in Australian history
Lachlan Macquarie was the first of the Governors of New South Wales who really cared about the country. He had an empathy for the convicts and tried to give the emancipists opportunities once they had done their time (and many of them were very talented). This was his undoing - he found himself on the wrong side of the 'exclusives' - those who saw themselves as the aristocracy of the colony - many of whom were totally self-serving. They complained bitterly to the Colonial Office in England, spar ...more