Account of the Steps taken, in England, with a view to the establishment of an Academical Institution, or College, in New South Wales; and to demonstrating the practicability of effecting an extensive emigration of the industrious classes from the mother country to that colony. Reverend John Dunmore LANG.

Account of the Steps taken, in England, with a view to the establishment of an Academical Institution, or College, in New South Wales...
Account of the Steps taken, in England, with a view to the establishment of an Academical Institution, or College, in New South Wales; and to demonstrating the practicability of effecting an extensive emigration of the industrious classes from the mother country to that colony.

Sydney: Stephens and Stokes, 1831.

Octavo, 27 pages, old marbled wrappers.

Jeremy Bentham's bequest

A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same year that they began publishing the Herald.

A rare and early pamphlet by the prolific Lang, on the foundation of the Australian College, printed in Sydney by Stephens & Stokes the same year that they began publishing the Herald.
In his preface, Lang discusses how the establishment of 'an Academical Institution, for the education of Youth… on the liberal and economical principles of the Schools and Colleges in Scotland' had been a dream of his since he arrived in the colony in 1822. Lang returned to England in 1830, where he argued for the adoption of the scheme, and was pleased with the positive response. As a result of his efforts, the Australian College was opened in 1831, surviving until 1854: 'at its best in the late 1830s it appears to have been run very efficiently' (ADB).
One of the most attractive aspects of this pamphlet is the inclusion of a catalogue of "Donations for the Institution", which gives a glimpse of the resources available: these include, the works of Jeremy Bentham in thirty volumes octavo, donated by Bentham himself; scientific apparatus from Dr. Ure, late Professor of Natural Philosophy and Chemistry in Glasgow; and Boswell's Life of Johnson, "from a Young Gentleman in London".
The work also contains much of interest regarding Lang's long-cherished plan of arranging for emigration to Australia, in particular the details of his involvement in chartering the famous Stirling Castle voyage.

Ferguson, 1448.

Price (AUD): $3,450.00  other currencies     Ref: #4310614

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