Shadowy Vicereines

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October 2001, no. 235

Colonial Consorts: The wives of Victoria’s governors, 1839–1900 by Marguerite Hancock

Miegunyah Press, 324 pp, $59.95 hb

Shadowy Vicereines

by
October 2001, no. 235

Nineteenth-century Victoria was reputed one of Britain’s most turbulent colonies. For more than twenty-five years, a liberal Legislative Assembly fought a conservative Legislative Council over reform of the constitution, control of Crown Lands, Protectionism and secular education. In the middle ground between the forces stood the governor, the umpire who was the Queen’s representative, the fount of authority, the conduit for honours, and the head of society, presiding over what passed for a court in Melbourne.

Paul de Serville reviews 'Colonial Consorts: The wives of Victoria’s governors, 1839–1900' by Marguerite Hancock

Colonial Consorts: The wives of Victoria’s governors, 1839–1900

by Marguerite Hancock

Miegunyah Press, 324 pp, $59.95 hb

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