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The Southern Tree of Liberty - The Democratic Movement in New South Wales Before 1856
(2006)
  • Terry Irving, University of Wollongong
Abstract

Responsible government began in New South Wales after two decades of radical democratic agitation. Radical intellectuals from England, Ireland, Scotland and Europe mobilized the working men and women of the colony to resist the aristocratic form of government proposed by pastoralists and city capitalists. There was violence on the streets and goldfields, and some notable electoral victories. As 'a great fear' gripped the local elites the British government forced them to accept a more liberal form of representative government in the belief that this would placate the democrats and keep the colony safe for British imperial needs.

Keywords
  • democracy,
  • working class,
  • radical intellectuals,
  • political violence,
  • Australia
Publication Date
2006
Publisher
The Federation Press
Series
Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government in New South Wales, 1856-2006
ISBN
978 186287 617 0
Citation Information
Terry Irving. The Southern Tree of Liberty - The Democratic Movement in New South Wales Before 1856. Sydney(2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/terry_irving1/11/