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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 1 begins with Grey's upbringing and early years, and describes his first voyage to Western Australia, his first government of New Zealand and his first period as governor of Cape Colony. 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.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Library Collection - History of Oceania Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.50(d)|
Table of Contents
Volume 1: Introduction; Book I. Birth and Early Years, 1812-40: 1. Life's commencement; 2. First commission and early service in Scotland and Ireland; 3. Appointment to conduct explorations in Western Australia; 4. First outward voyage. Forecasts of future life; 5. First exploration; 6. Second exploration; 7. Grey resident at King George's Sound. Method of dealing with native races; Book II. Government of South Australia, 1841-5: 8. Unhappy position of Colony. Change effected by Grey; 9. The summons to New Zealand; 10. Review of Grey's life in Australia. Correspondence and scientific pursuits; Book III. First Government of New Zealand, 1845-54: 11. Grey's arrival at Auckland. Sketch of previous history of the Colony; 12. Speedy and triumphant conclusion of the Maori War; 13. Short history of the New Zealand Company; 14. Maori policy. Proposed federation of the Pacific Islands; 15. New Zealand constitution of 1846; 16. The Despatch of July, 1849; 17. Land regulations and constitution of 1852; 18. Constitution for the Church of England; 19. Karaitiana and Hapuku; 20. Grey's departure from New Zealand. Feelings of both races; 21. Sir George Grey's vindication. Honours at Oxford; Book IV. First Governorship of Cape Colony, 1854-9: 22. Sketch of previous South African history; 23. The Governor and Mr. Shepstone's proposed kingdom; 24. Subjugation of Kafir chiefs and witch doctors; 25. The Grey Hospital; 26. The Kafir prophetess and the 'wonderful prophecy'; 27. The Indian Mutiny and the China army; 28. The German Legion; 29. The Governor recalled; 30. Dismay of South Africa. Volume 2: 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.