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Washing the blood off the wall

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September 2006, no. 284

The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 1: 1856-1901 edited by David Clune and Ken Turner

Federation Press, $39.95 hb, 272 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 2: 1901-2005 edited by David Clune and Ken Turner

Federation Press, $39.95 hb, 548 pp

Washing the blood off the wall

by
September 2006, no. 284

The problem with many ‘big occasion’ publications is that they are written for the occasion rather than for an audience. This collection – the first reference work to cover all the premiers of New South Wales from 1856 until July 2005 – has been published to coincide with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of responsible government in New South Wales. Happily, however, The Premiers of New South Wales displays none of the failings typical of other ‘landmark’ volumes. On the contrary, this is a valuable and relevant work that merits the interest of non-specialist readers. The authors have profiled the premiers in their social and personal contexts, as well as in their political environments. This extends the appeal of the collection and adds considerable interest. Together, the two volumes provide valuable insights into the evolution of New South Wales from a colony to a state.

Grant Bailey reviews 'The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 1: 1856-1901' and 'The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 2: 1901-2005' edited by David Clune and Ken Turner

The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 1: 1856-1901

edited by David Clune and Ken Turner

Federation Press, $39.95 hb, 272 pp

Book 2 Cover Small (400 x 600)

The Premiers of New South Wales Volume 2: 1901-2005

edited by David Clune and Ken Turner

Federation Press, $39.95 hb, 548 pp

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