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John Larkins Cheese Richardson free pdf The definitive biography of a much-beloved and respected colonial activist. Born in Bengal in 1810 but educated in England, Richardson spent his early career in India in the military, achieving the rank of Major. He served in the Afghanistan campaign in 1842 and was ADC to Sir Harry Smith throughout the Sikh Wars- was wounded and twice decorated. On his retirement from the army in the1850s he spent four months in New Zealand and subsequently decided to migrate permanently, settling in Otago in 1856. 'The old Major', as he was known, soon became politically active, first being elected to the Otago Provincial Council, serving as its Superintendent during the goldrush years of the 1860s and eventually becoming an MP and, in 1868, Speaker of the Legislative Council. He was a champion of female education and it was largely his advocacy that ensured the University of Otago should open its doors to women - becoming the first university in the Southern Hemisphere to admit women to all its classes. A witty, cultivated man much in demand as a public speaker, Richardson was progressive on Maori land issues and in the 1870s was commissioner enquiring into British and Maori accounts of the wars. Maori, he protested, 'to this day has been treated as a thing of naught. 'Legislation and other measures that he promoted, including attempts to control the rabbit nuisance already threatening pastoral farming, revealed a far-seeing mind. Richardson was intelligent, warm, and conscientious and his death in 1878 evoked great public mourning.

About Olive Trotter

Olive Trotter was born in 1924 and in 1948 married Bill Trotter, a childhood friend. She supported his career as Professor of Anatomy at the Otago Medical School and only in the 1970s discovered an interest in historical research. She came across Richardson while she was researching the life of Miss Learmonth Dalrymple, a tireless nineteenth-century campaigner for women's rights. Since Richardson amassed a vast archive in the course of his life - he kept every letter he ever received - she soon found herself with the task of sorting the largely unsorted Richardson papers at the Otago Settlers Museum. The manuscript of this, her first book, was completed in 1992. Subsequently Olive Trotter self-published four other books: The Maidservants Scandal, Dunedin's Crowning Glory: The town clock tower, Pioneers Behind Bars, and Dunedin's Spiteful Socrates: J.G.S. Grant.

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Author : Olive Trotter
Publisher : Otago University Press
Data Published : 01 October 2010
ISBN : 1877578010
EAN : 9781877578014
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 208 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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