Governors and Settlers

Images of Authority in the British Colonies, 1820–60

  • Mark Francis

Part of the Cambridge Commonwealth Series book series (CAMCOM)

About this book


In nineteenth-century settler colonies such as Upper Canada, New South Wales and New Zealand, governors not only administered, they stood at the head of colonial society and ordered the festivities and ceremonies around which colonial life centred. Governors were expected to be repositories of political wisdom and constitutional lore. Governors and Settlers explores the public and private beliefs of governors such as Sir Thomas Brisbane, Sir John Colborne, Sir George Grey and Lord Elgin as they struggled to survive in colonial cultures which both deified and vilified their personal qualities.


bibliography body Canada corpus culture knowledge nature politics settler society structure

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Francis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1992
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-38990-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-37570-3
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