The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography by Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon

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August 1986, no. 83

The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography by Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon

Macmillan Australia, 917 pp, $49.95 hb

The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography by Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon

by
August 1986, no. 83

Ah, unblissful ignorance. Having recently travelled through part of the Eyre Peninsula, I wish that I had known more about Edward John Eyre, English explorer and administrator.

Thanks to Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon, and the twenty-seven years of work that brought about The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography, I now know that after his expeditions to the interior and the south-west, and his lieutenant-governorship of New Zealand, where I last placed him, he became governor of Jamaica. He violently put down a revolt in 1865, acquiring a reputation for cruelty, says the dictionary, that led to attempts to try him for murder. He survived this, however, to live quietly in retirement.

Kevin Childs reviews 'The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography' by Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon

The Macmillan Dictionary of Biography

by Barry Jones and M.V. Dixon

Macmillan Australia, 917 pp, $49.95 hb

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