W.H. Groom : agrarian liberal

Cameron, M. B. (1995). W.H. Groom : agrarian liberal Honours Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Cameron, M. B.
Thesis Title W.H. Groom : agrarian liberal
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1995
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Unknown
Total pages 220
Language eng
Subjects 340201 Agricultural Economics
Formatted abstract

It may be asked wherein lies the value of a biographical study of a politician who never attained Cabinet rank and therefore never exerted any profound influence on policy. I think there are several factors which justify such a study of the life and career of W.H. Groom. His long and unbroken term of thirty-eight years in Parliament before the rise of political parties merits attention in itself, as does his notable popularity in his own electorate, the log-rolling influence he was able to exert in Parliament, and his triumph over the circumstances of his early life. In him can be seen a particular form of one of the major modes, of political thought of the nineteenth century, liberalism; and his long career reflects the fascinating and kaleidoscopic shifts in the politics of the time, as they affected a man whose basic beliefs remained unchanged. These aspects are the most historically valuable, and it is upon them that this thesis will concentrate.

The most valuable sources were two Toowoomba newspapers, the "Toowoomba Chronicle" and the "Darling Downs Gazette", and the Queensland parliamentary Debates. Despite diligent searching among those of his grandchildren whom I could contact, and enquiries directed to Mr L.P. Fitzhardinge and Dr D.B. Waterson, both of whom have done research on related subjects, I was unable to obtain any clue as to the whereabouts of Groom's private papers, and can only conclude that they have been destroyed, despite an explicit provision in his will that they should be preserved. Such character analysis as has been made in this thesis, therefore, was pieced together from stray comments of his contemporaries in the newspapers and cannot be guaranteed to be absolutely reliable. The material available, however, was more than adequate to provide me with a coherent understanding of his political beliefs and attitudes. 

The abbreviations used are as follows:
Q.P.D. - Queensland Parliamentary Debates.
Q.V.&P. - Queensland Votes and Proceedings.
C.P.D. - Commonwealth Parliamentary Debates.
D.D.G. - Darling Downs Gazette.
T.C. - Toowoomba Chronicle.
Keyword Groom, W. H. (William Henry), 1833-1901

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