Petition of B.T. Finniss. To the Honourable House of Assembly…. PARLIAMENT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, Boyle Travers FINNISS.

Petition of B.T. Finniss. To the Honourable House of Assembly…

Adelaide: Government printer, 1866.

Foolscap folio, tinted, 6 pp., stamp of the Clare Institute.

Proceedings turn sour

Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss, defending charges of incompetence of command and misallocation of public funds.

Official publication of the petition presented to parliament by Boyle Travers Finniss, defending charges of incompetence of command and misallocation of public funds.

Following the decision to place the Northern Territory under South Australian jurisdiction in 1863, Finniss was appointed resident and embarked on the project of establishing a settlement at Adam Bay. A surveyor by profession, Finniss had previously worked with Colonel William Light in laying out the city of Adelaide. The Adam Bay site appeared sound in the dry season but quickly became unworkable in the monsoon. Conflict with local Aborigines and interpersonal rifts with the settlers ended Finniss' role in the North; he was ultimately recalled and reprimanded by a Royal Commission for the loss of £40,000. This petition refutes the claims of incompetence levied against Finniss by several settlers (by this stage the proceedings had become acrimonious and Finniss assumed much of the blame for the failed settlement).

Ordered to be printed by parliament 28th September 1866.

Condition Report: Very good condition.

Price (AUD): $550.00

US$391.89   Other currencies

Ref: #4108166

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