Lachlan Macquarie

John Ritchie
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Published

28 February 2014

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9780522865776

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Melbourne University Press

Lachlan Macquarie

John Ritchie
Lachlan Macquarie, Governor of the colony of New South Wales from 1810 to 1821, left an enduring legacy to Australians.
'Ritchie has provided an exciting and dramatic account of the life and work of Macquarie. We learn, in contrast to the antiseptic treatment of the standard text books, that Macquarie was a man of strong passions, beliefs, plans and ambitions which drove him to hobnob with polite London society, to beg for promotion and favours from his superiors, to wangle commissions for his relatives, to be generous to a fault with those he sought to help and to demand unquestioning support from those he promoted or pardoned.' Malcolm J. Kennedy, Agora
'Ritchie has provided an exciting and dramatic account of the life and work of Macquarie. We learn, in contrast to the antiseptic treatment of the standard text books, that Macquarie was a man of strong passions, beliefs, plans and ambitions which drove him to hobnob with polite London society, to beg for promotion and favours from his superiors, to wangle commissions for his relatives, to be generous to a fault with those he sought to help and to demand unquestioning support from those he promoted or pardoned.' Malcolm J. Kennedy, Agora

John Ritchie

Professor John Ritchie was a distinguished Australian historian and the general editor of volumes 12, 13 and 14 and the index to volumes 1-12 of the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

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