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Bound by every tie of duty: John Lewes Pedder, chief justice of Van Diemen's Land


Fox, J, Bound by every tie of duty: John Lewes Pedder, chief justice of Van Diemen's Land, Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, North Melbourne, Victoria, pp. 324. ISBN 978-1-925801-16-3 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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John Lewes Pedder (1793–1859) served as Chief Justice of Van Diemen’s Land from 1824 to 1854, and his long career provides a unique window into the colonial world – through crime, politics, and frontier collision with the island’s Aboriginal people. Where Pedder’s critics condemn a subservient official who hindered reform and sent hundreds to the gallows, contemporaries lauded an upright judge, courteous gentleman, liberal friend and accomplished scholar. This new biography offers a sensitive account of a complex and surprisingly sympathetic man, who played a significant role in Tasmanian history.

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Item Type:Authored Research Book
Keywords:Pedder, judicial biography, Van Diemen's Land
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Biography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Fox, J (Dr Jacqueline Fox)
ID Code:126108
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-05-23
Last Modified:2018-12-04

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