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Governors and Settlers : Images of Authority in the British Colonies, 1820-60 - M. Francis

Governors and Settlers

Images of Authority in the British Colonies, 1820-60

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In 19th century settler colonies such as Upper Canada, New South Wales and New Zealand, governors not only administered, they stood at the head of colonial society and ordered the festivities and ceremonies around which colonial life centred. Governors were also expected to be repositories of political wisdom and constitutional lore. In addition, they were popularly credited with responsibility for prosperity, education and culture. So much prominence brought criticism as well. Governors were almost always burned in effigy and were frequently the target of scurrilous and libellous comment in their colony. They were transfigured as ideal rulers and disfigured as the embodiments of tyranny and personal vices. They played the symbolic roles of hero and sacrificial victim in the emerging settler societies. This is an exploration of the public and private beliefs of governors such as Sir Thomas Brisbane, Sir John Colborne, Sir George Grey and Lord Elgin as they struggled to survive in colonial cultures which both defied and vilified their personal qualities.

List of Plates - Acknowledgements - Introduction: Governors and Colonial Political Culture - The Theoretical Structure of Authority: British and Colonial Constitutional Writers - Ceremonies: The Visual Structure of Authority - Brisbane and the Ideal of Personal Government - Darling and Bourke - Contemporary Reflections upon Personal Government - The Hero in Upper Canada: Sir John Colborne - The Dispute between Colborne and Mackenzie on The Nature of Politics - Public Ideas and Private Virtues in the Governorship of Sir George Gipps - Metcalfe and Images of Authority in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Canada - A Triptych of New Zealand Governors: Fitzroy, Grey and Browne - Elgin: The Governor as the Body Politic - Appendix: Biographical Notes on Governors - Notes and References - Bibliography - Index

ISBN: 9780333539040
ISBN-10: 0333539044
Series: Cambridge Commonwealth Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 331
Published: 3rd March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 2