Colonial Expatriates: Edward and John Macarthur Junior

Colonial Expatriates: Edward and John Macarthur Junior

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A heritage field guide

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Edward and John Macarthur junior were the elder sons of John and Elizabeth Macarthur. They spent most of their lives overseas. Edward was born in England and arrived with his parents in Sydney in 1790 as an infant. John was born in Australia. Both boys were sent to school in England at an early age.

John became a barrister and practised in London. During the 1820s, he became one of the most successful lobbyist at the Colonial Office and at times was consulted about convict management, free emigration, and the establishment in 1823 of the first Legislative Council. His activities throw light upon the conduct of colonial affairs in London during that period. John never returned to Australia. He died in 1831 at the age of 36.

Edward was in Australia at the time of the Rum Rebellion and Governor Bligh believed that he was very deeply involved and wanted to have him arrested when he returned to England some months later carrying the first despatches from the rebel administration. He was not arrested, however, became a professional soldier and saw much active service during the Napoleonic wars. He returned to Australia in 1851 on the staff of the army and was with the military reinforcements which arrived in Ballarat a few days after the Eureka Rebellion. In 1855 Edward was appointed Officer in Command of the Troops in Australia and in 1856, when the Governor of Victoria died, he became Acting Governor. In 1856 he opened the first Parliament of Victoria under responsible government. When the new Governor arrived, he resumed his post as commander of the forces. He returned to England in 1860, was promoted Lieutenant -General in 1866, and died in 1872 at the age of 83.

Hard cover, 112pgs, illustrated, appendix, notes, select bibliography, index. Near new. .

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Short Description A heritage field guide
Weight (g) 274.0000
Author Hazel King
Publisher Kangaroo Press
Date Published 1989
ISBN 0864172540
Size 220mm x 137mm

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