The thesis deals with the colonies of New South Wales
and Van Diemen’s Land; it begins when J.T. Bigge's ideal had come to crisis, and ends with the gold rushes. By "J.T. Bigge's ideal” is meant a society in which the Church of England and a land-owning elite joined with the executive
government to establish a way of life, both hierarchical and harmonious. The Church and the gentry respectively comprise the core of the first two chapters, which describe the ideology and strength of colonial...[Show more]
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