British Colonization and Coloured Tribes. Saxe BANNISTER.
British Colonization and Coloured Tribes.

British Colonization and Coloured Tribes.

London: William Ball, 1838.

Small octavo, neat blind-stamp to title-page, bound without the 4 pp. advertisements noted by Ferguson; half green morocco by Sangorski, spine lettered in gilt.

Scarce work by former Attorney General of NSW

An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General of New South Wales, and dedicated to the reforming MP Thomas Fowell Buxton. Although the present work includes both a legal overview and history of British colonisation, and while Bannister's ideas take in all manner of examples from New South Wales to Africa, and even as far afield as Canada, a good deal of the work is specific to the question of the settlement of New Zealand. Bannister's thesis is particularly fecund with regards to the impact of the recent 1834 slave emancipation act, and how it impacted on 'the Aborigines of British colonies.'

An excellent copy of a surprisingly scarce work, written by a former Attorney General of New South Wales, and dedicated to the reforming MP Thomas Fowell Buxton. Although the present work includes both a legal overview and history of British colonisation, and while Bannister's ideas take in all manner of examples from New South Wales to Africa, and even as far afield as Canada, a good deal of the work is specific to the question of the settlement of New Zealand. Bannister's thesis is particularly fecund with regards to the impact of the recent 1834 slave emancipation act, and how it impacted on 'the Aborigines of British colonies.'
Bannister (1790-1877) had been appointed the first Attorney-General of New South Wales, arriving in Sydney in 1824. Recognised as humane, even innocent, his career in Sydney was marked by several famous conflicts particularly with Governor Darling, and he returned to London in high dudgeon in 1826. 'By disposition philanthropic and humane, Bannister was devoted to the welfare of children, convicts and coloured inhabitants of the Empire. To his credit stand the establishment of the first infants' school in Sydney, a booklet urging the immediate abolition of transportation, numerous pamphlets on behalf of natives in the colonies, and a book entitled Humane Policy; or Justice to the Aborigines of New Settlements (London, 1830)' (ADB).
Ferguson notes copies with two different sets of advertisements, but also that the text is otherwise identical.

Ferguson, 2438; NZNB, 272.

Price (AUD): $1,200.00  other currencies     Ref: #4107187

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