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Bound by every tie of duty: John Lewes Pedder, chief justice of Van Diemen's Land

Fox, J ORCID: 0000-0002-4351-6731 2018 , Bound by every tie of duty: John Lewes Pedder, chief justice of Van Diemen's Land , Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd, North Melbourne, Victoria.

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Abstract

John Lewes Pedder (1793–1859) served as Chief Justice of Van Diemen’s Land from 1824 to 1854, and his long career provides a unique window into the colonial world – through crime, politics, and frontier collision with the island’s Aboriginal people. Where Pedder’s critics condemn a subservient official who hindered reform and sent hundreds to the gallows, contemporaries lauded an upright judge, courteous gentleman, liberal friend and accomplished scholar. This new biography offers a sensitive account of a complex and surprisingly sympathetic man, who played a significant role in Tasmanian history.

Item Type: Book
Authors/Creators:Fox, J
Keywords: Pedder, judicial biography, Van Diemen's Land
Publisher: Australian Scholarly Publishing Pty Ltd
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Copyright 2018 Jacqueline Fox

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