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Chapters in Tasmanian constitutional and administrative history, 1842-1856


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Townsley, WA 1951 , 'Chapters in Tasmanian constitutional and administrative history, 1842-1856', Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The following work lays no claim to be either a complete or a
continuous history of Van Diemen's Land between 1842 and 1856, but
consists rather of a number of separate studies of the constitutional
life of the Colony prior to the establishment of responsible
government. The years 1842-1856 have no exact implication. The
dismissal of Montagu seemed a convenient point of departure and
the introduction of a bicameral legislature obviously marked the
end of a period. However, the first three chapters are more analytic
than historical, and it would have been impossible to talk of the
functions of the Lieut. Governor without some reference to Colonel
Arthur, or to treat of the Old Council without some recognition of the influence of Franklin's character upon it. But it was never the author's intention to traverse again the course so ably covered by
West, Fenton, Giblin and, more recently, by Professor Kathleen
What is extraordinary about this period is that within the
space of a dozen years almost every conceivable major constitutional
conflict arose, - between the Executive and the Legislature, between
the Executive and the Judiciary, and indeed between the Legislature
and the Judiciary. Unfortunately time has not permitted so far an
examination of either the attempt of the Lieut. Governor to "tamper
with" the Supreme Court, or the notorious Hampton Case.
But a chapter on the administrative system has been included.
Since the researches of Professor Tout, students of institutions
have had less excuse for neglecting this important field. The third
chapter was little more than a preliminary canter over this field,
but sufficient was seen in passing to encourage longer and more
detailed investigation. It can be fairly said that there is hardly
one department of the administration that could not form the subject
of an interesting and instructive monograph.

Item Type: Thesis - Unspecified
Authors/Creators:Townsley, WA
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Thesis (M.A.)--University of Tasmania, 1950

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