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Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788-1900) : And the Serpent's Legacy - Keith R. Binney

Horsemen of the First Frontier (1788-1900)

And the Serpent's Legacy


Published: 31st October 2005
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An economic and social history of early New South Wales, told through the fascinating life stories of pioneer 19thy century horsemen. Traces the origin and development of the "Horse" in Australia. The remarkable lives and time of governors, military officers, clergymen, civil administrators, private merchants and wealthy pastoralists all serve to encapsulate the unique history of New South Wales from the time of the First Fleet's arrival in 1788 up to Federation of the Australian Colonies.

And The Serpents Legacy.

"...the serpent that we are nursing at Botany Bay" (Sir Francis Baring, Chairman-British East India Company-1792-93)

A strongly felt sentiment expressed by Sir Francis Baring during negotiations held in London in 1793, for renewal of the Royal Charter of 1600, that had traditionally provided a lucrative trading monopoly for the British East India Company.

From 1792 onwards, the deliberate though illegal flouting of British East India Company rights by military and civil officers led by a youthful John Macarthur, Australia's first entrepreneur, heralded a nascent private economy for the New South Wales penal colony.

About the Author

Long-time Australian Keith Binney was born in 1933 at Hamilton, New Zealand. While a prominent corporate executive in the property industry, Keith has contributed historical articles to the Australian Bloodhorse Review and Australasian Gaming Magazine. As small-scale owner, Mr Binney's family raced the John Morish trained STC Winter Handicap stakeswinner Alsvidor (NZ) by Straight Strike (USA). Also, Volcanic (NZ) by Pompeii Court (USA), a $NZ12,000 purchase which won Gosford's Belle of the Turf in record time, the SAJC Anset Australia Stakes and placed 3rd in the Queensland Oaks. As hobby breeders, they have successfully tested one of Bruce Lowes theories; that of returning to a sire the best female lines in his pedigree. A mating of Volcanic (NZ) with Kenmare (FR) representing the Nasrullah sireline, returned the blood of Nasrullah's dam Mumtaz Begum, both through Nasrullah and his full-sisters Rivaz and Malindi. This planned mating produced Lahar (AUS), which in Mr JohnThompson's Black with Silver Fern colours won $631,476 including prize money for 3rd in the 1999 Melbourne Cup.

Foreword i
Writer's Note viii
Prologue xiv
Section One: The Country of Cumberland, 1788 to 1860
Chapter One - The Military Officers p. 1
Chapter Two - The Civil Officers p. 41
Chapter Three - The Merchants p. 69
Chapter Four - The First Free Settlers p. 93
Chapter Five - The Govenors' Families p.130
Chapter Six - The Emancipists p.137
Chapter Seven - The Currency Lads p.164
Section Two: Over the Blue Mountains to the Countries of Cook, Bathurst, Wellington, Roxburgh and Bligh, 1815-1900
Chapter Eight - The Western Pastoralists. Bathurst, Carcoar, Mudgee, Dubbo, Warren, Gulgong and Cassilis p.187
Section Three: The Hunter Valley and the Counties of Northumberland, Hunter and Phillip, 1823-1860
Chapter Nine - The first wave of Free Settlers on Hunter's River, together with some emancipists and currency lads p.223
Section Four: The Richmond and Clarence Rivers, the Counties of Gloucester, Durham and Brisbane and the Squatting Districts of New Enlgand and Macquarie
Chapter Ten - Explorers, Squatters and Selectors p.303
Section Five: The Southern Counties of Argyle, King, Murray, and St Vincent
Chapter Eleven - Moss Vale, Braidwood, Yass, Young, Goldburn, Boorowa p.359
Section Six: The second wave in the County of Cumberland, 1840-1900
Chapter Twelve - The Inheritors and New Arrivals p.393
Section Seven: The second wave of Free Settlers and other bloodhorse breeders in the Hunter Valley
Chapter Thirteen - Trend to breeding thoroughbreads 1840-1900 p.419
Section Eight: "The Gentle Giant From Clarence Town"
Chapter Fourteen - A Centenary Tribute to C. Bruce Lowe p.455
Bibliography p.481
Abbreviations p.485
Acknowledgements p.487
General p.489
Horses p.509
Studs, Stations & Townhouses p.531
Monetary Values and Common Conversions p.541
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ISBN: 9780646448657
ISBN-10: 064644865X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 542
Published: 31st October 2005
Publisher: Volcanic Productions
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 4.000