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Papers of the Legislative Council of Van Diemen's Land, 1849


Editorial: Van Diemen's Land: James Barnard, Government Printer, Hobart Town, 1849., 1849
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Folio (13 x 8 2/8 inches). Being 34 Government papers, many with letterpress tables. Contemporary ochree calf, marbled paper boards, gilt (a bit scuffed). An interesting and early collection of Government papers issued by the Legislative council of the Colony of Van Diemen's Land, which only changed its name to Tasmania once it had achieved its status as an Independent Colony and a Legislative Assembly in 1856. The Assembly was a long time coming, as this volume of papers opens with a Despatch from Earl Grey regarding the provision of a Representative Assembly for Van Diemen's Land, a matter which at the time was being debated by the Parliament back home. In March 1848 Tasmania's Governor William Denison suggested that Tasmania ought to have two representative Chambers: 'There is an essentially democratic spirit which actuates the large mass of the community and it is with a view to check that spirit, of preventing it coming into operation, that I would suggest the formation of an Upper Chamber' At the time this was rejected as an untried form of constitution but in 1854 a select committee of the colonial Legislative Council presented a report and a draft constitution which recommended the creation of a bicameral Parliament (Tasmanian Parliamentary Library online). In 1849 the struggle between the Imperial Government and the Colonial Government, over who should pay for what continued unabated. The Colony presents its arguments in the form of petitions, protests, and detailed accounts. A similar argument, but at a more local level was debated concerning whether the Colonial Government, or the local district should pay for the making and maintaining of roads. There is also a debate about how much the Colony should contribute to the cost of transporting mail from Singapore to Sydney if the India and Australia Steam Packet Company should win the tender to convey "the Mails between Singapore and Sydney, in three vessels of 200 horse-power, for 26,000 pounds per annum, for a period of not less than six years" (paper number 188). Importantly the creation of a local government in Van Diemen's Land based on the principles of "Popular Representation" are debated, as is a Constitution for the Colony, and the creation of a two house system: ". under the peculiar circumstances of these Colonies, I should most strenuously recommend the adoption of a Second or Upper Chamber. When we consider the elements of which society here is composed, - when we see the low estimate that is placed upon every thing which can distinguish a man from his fellows, with the sole exception of wealth, - when we see that even wealth does not lead to distinction, or open the road to any other ambition than that of excelling in habits of self-indulgence, - it can hardly be subject of surprise that so few are found who rise above the general level, or that these few owe more to the possession of a certain oratorial facility than to their powers of mind or the justness of the opinions which they advocate. The broad plain of equality, as in America, receives the whole of the community; and although there are many who would gladly avail themselves of any opportunity of raising themselves above the general level, yet here, as in America, any attempt to do so would be frustrated by the jealousy of the remainder of the community" (Lieut-Governor Sir W. Denison to Earl Grey, government paper number 144). The Bill that was was presented to the Imperial Government in May of 1849, is printed in full, arguing that the 'ancient possessions' of the Crown 'their prevailed until the commencement of the 19th-century the almost invariable usage of establishing a local legislature consisting of three estates - that is, of a Governor appointed by the Sovereign, of a Council nominated by the Sovereign, and of an Assembly elected by the people'. However this was not the case in the Australian colonies, which lacked the third estate. The Bill requested that this third estate be granted to. N° de ref. de la librería 72lib900

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Título: Papers of the Legislative Council of Van ...

Editorial: Van Diemen's Land: James Barnard, Government Printer, Hobart Town, 1849.

Año de publicación: 1849

Encuadernación: Hardcover

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