The poor man: Law and satire in 19th century New South Wales

The poor man: Law and satire in 19th century New South Wales. Edited by A.R. Buck and Nancy E. Wright Melbourne, Australia: Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2005.

Title The poor man: Law and satire in 19th century New South Wales
Place of Publication Melbourne, Australia
Publisher Australian Scholarly Publishing
Publication year 2005
Sub-type Edited book
Volume 1
Series Macquarie Law Monographs: Studies in Law and History
ISBN 9781740970792
Language eng
Editor A.R. Buck
Nancy E. Wright
Total number of pages 169
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A vibrant tradition of political satire emerged in the newspapers of New South Wales in the 1860s. The Poor Man, a political satire that represented the conservative position on the politics surrounding the land law, is reproduced in this book.

The Poor Man, published as a serial in the Sydney Mail from march to September 1864, chronicled ‘the extraordinary adventures met with, and of the strange sights seen and of the curious things heard, by Mr Redde Pepper’.

Mr Pepper was determined to find a character he believed was the recipient of all law reform – the ‘poor man’. Who was he? Where was he? Mr Pepper’s adventures ran to eighteen instalments, during which he traversed the social landscape of mid-nineteenth-century New South Wales. His descriptions of rural and city life, his reflections on colonial law, his encounters with the working classes and embattled settlers, are not only revealing insights into the values and shared assumptions of colonial society, but a marvellous exposition of conservative attitudes to the social transformation brought about by the gold rush and manhood suffrage. [book summary from publisher]
Q-Index Code AX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Description: viii, 169 p. ; 21 cm.

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