David Collins: A Colonial Life - Miegunyah 2. 33 (Paperback)John Currey (author)
Paperback 390 Pages / Published: 12/11/1996
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The life of David Collins - judge, historian and governor - reflects the story of the European settlement of Australia. Born in London in 1756, Collins joined the Marine Corps at fourteen, and in 1775 fought against the Americans at the battle of Bunker Hill. In 1787 he was appointed deputy judge-advocate of the impending expedition to Botany Bay. In a remarkable trio of events, Collins was one of the founders of Sydney in 1788, began the first European settlement in Victoria in 1803, and founded Hobart Town the following year. The journal he began on the First Fleet grew into the first substantial history of New South Wales, and his private letters - extensively quoted for the first time in John Currey's fine biography - give a rare insight into the early colonial world. The letters also tell the story of a life that went wrong. Born into a family long connected to the royal court and the military, Collins was expected to have a brilliant career. But the loss of influential patrons left him unemployed and in debt, and he was forced to accept the post of lieutenant governor in Van Diemen's Land. Here he found himself neglected and under-supplied, and was castigated
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Number of pages: 390
Weight: 989 g
Dimensions: 247 x 167 x 36 mm
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