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Richard Brooks : from convict ship captain to pillar of early colonial Australia / Christine Maher
Bib ID 6977294
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Maher, Christine, author
 
Description [Kenthurst, New South Wales], : Rosenberg Publishing Pty Ltd, 2016 
©2016 
248 pages : illustrations (some colour), maps, portraits (some colour), facsimiles ; 23 cm 
ISBN 9781925078862 (paperback)
Summary

Richard Brooks was a man of self interest and entrepreneurial verve . Privateer, smuggler, convict sea captain, rum trader turned respectable magistrate and colonial squire. His life was a microcosm of early colonial Australia. He was a shipowner, merchant ship captain and financier. He kept the colony supplied with spirits thus greasing the wheels of commerce. He imported cattle from South Africa and India. As the largest cattle owner in the country he was at the frontier of exploration and Aboriginal dispossession. He survived numerous scandals, including accusations of inhumanity, fraud, smuggling, receiving, cattle theft, assault, claim-jumping and infidelity. But his strength of personality and 'habit of command' meant people warmed to him. Governors Bligh and Macquarie sought his advice. His story provides a glimpse into the social, political and domestic life of that famed group of landowning settlers of the first twenty years of the colony - large convict estates, regency mansions, dynastic marriages and extensive pastoral and squatting empires. Meticulously researched it gives the reader a real feel for the life of early colonial Sydney.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-240) and index.

Subjects Brooks, Richard, 1765?-1833.  |  Atlas (Ship)  |  Transportation of convicts -- New South Wales -- History.  |  Pioneers -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Land rights - Excisions and leases - Pastoral leases.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Pastoral industry - Sheep and wool.  |  Settlement and contacts - First Fleet, 1788.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Pastoral industry - Beef cattle.  |  Social behaviour - Violence.  |  Ngarigo / Ngarigu people (S46) (NSW SJ55-04)  |  Settlement and contacts - Colonisation - 1788-1850.  |  History - Biographies.  |  Settlement and contacts - English.  |  Settlement and contacts - 19th Century.  |  Crime - Against persons.  |  Animals - Livestock - Stealing and killing.  |  Law enforcement - Offences - Robbery and theft.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - To 1900.  |  Settlement and contacts - Penal colonies / Convicts.  |  History - Genealogy and family history.  |  Dharawal / Tharawal / Dariwal people (S59) (NSW SI56-09)  |  Crime - Bushrangers and outlaws.  |  New South Wales (NSW)  |  Appin (NSW S Coast SI56-09)  |  Five Islands (NSW S Coast SI56-09)  |  Lake Illawarra / Windang (NSW S Coast SI56-09)  |  Weereewaa / Lake George (S NSW SI55-12)  |  Turalla (S NSW SI55-16)  |  Australian

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