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Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993153

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.001.0001

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‘So brave Etruria grew’: dividing the Crown in early colonial New South Wales, 1808–10

‘So brave Etruria grew’: dividing the Crown in early colonial New South Wales, 1808–10

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(p.262) Chapter Fourteen ‘So brave Etruria grew’: dividing the Crown in early colonial New South Wales, 1808–10
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Crowns and Colonies
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Bruce Baskerville

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784993153.003.0014

An examination of the first Great Seal of New South Wales during the usurpation later called The Rum Rebellion between 1808 and 1810 is revealing of the relationships between the Crown and the exercise of royal authority in settler-colonies, and of the evolving relationships between British sovereigns, their vice-regal representatives and loyal or rebellious subjects in overseas possessions. Reading great seals deputed as documents (rather than as antiquarian artefacts) allows the usurpation in New South Wales to be recontextualised within the development of settler societies after 1783, and eventually the invention of the dominions and then the Commonwealth realms of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Great Seal, Usurpation, Divisibility, Vice-regal, Settler society, Commonwealth realm

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