The Life and Times of Sir George Grey, K. C. B.

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Published in 1892, this two-volume biography chronicles the remarkable life and career of Sir George Grey (1812–98), the 11th premier of New Zealand. William Lee Rees (1836–1912), lawyer, politician and well-known supporter of Grey, co-wrote this work with his daughter Lily, and the books outline how Grey became arguably the most influential figure during the European settlement of New Zealand in the nineteenth century. The volumes proceed chronologically and are organised by the main events in Grey's life. ...

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Published in 1892, this two-volume biography chronicles the remarkable life and career of Sir George Grey (1812–98), the 11th premier of New Zealand. William Lee Rees (1836–1912), lawyer, politician and well-known supporter of Grey, co-wrote this work with his daughter Lily, and the books outline how Grey became arguably the most influential figure during the European settlement of New Zealand in the nineteenth century. The volumes proceed chronologically and are organised by the main events in Grey's life. Volume 2 covers Grey's second governorships of Cape Colony and New Zealand, his engagement in English politics and his return to New Zealand in 1870. It concludes with an assessment of Grey's personal characteristics, successes and failures. In addition to recounting the incidents, adventures and achievements of Grey's life, Rees also conveys Grey's principles and aspirations, giving the reader an insight into the character of this servant of the empire.

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Book V. Second Governorship of Cape Colony, 1859–61: 31. Public opinion in England on the colonial question; 32. Visit to the Queen, and honours at Cambridge; 33. Prince Alfred's visit to South Africa; 34. Close of Prince Alfred's visit. The Cape Breakwater; 35. The Grey College at Bloemfontein; 36. Letters from African chiefs; 37. Review of Sir G. Grey's administration in South Africa; 38. The Grey Library; Book VI. Second Governorship of New Zealand, 1861–7: 39. New Zealand affairs from 1853 to 1861; 40. The Waikato War; 41. Changed position of the Governor in New Zealand; 42. Retrospect of second New Zealand government; Book VII. Sir George Grey Engages in English Politics, 1868–70: 43. New principle of appointing Colonial Governors; 44. Proposed appointment of General Gordon as military dictator in New Zealand; 45. The dismemberment craze; 46. The Newark election; 47. Farewell to England; 48. South Africa and England. A chapter of disasters; 49. Indictment of the Colonial Office; 50. Earl Grey and Earl Carnarvon compared; Book VIII. Sir George Grey's Life in New Zealand, 1870–92: 51. Kawau; 52. Sir Julius Vogel's public works policy; 53. Principal legislative reforms advocated by Sir George Grey, M.H.R.; 54. Federation of the English-speaking peoples; 55. A series of ovations; 56. Retrospect of Sir George Grey's public life; 57. Native feeling for Sir George Grey; 58. The public library at Auckland; 59. Grey's achievements, failures, and personal characteristics; Conclusion; Appendix; Index.

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