The story of early Melbourne illustrates differences between colonial and old-world outlooks. The chaotic years of the goldrush bring out the fear and stigma of former convicts in this new 'free' society. A long campaign to end the Australian policy of supporting all religious sects succeeds after Independents newly arrived from England mount a personal attack against their leading minister, an Irish Vandiemonian, for supporting this colonial practice.
Contents:IllustrationsSource of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsAbbreviationsNote on 'Salome'Introduction1. Port Jackson2. The Collins Expedition3. The Derwent and Port Dalrymple4. Pastoral Van Diemen's Land5. Church and Community6. Port Phillip and the Vandiemonians7. Reporting the Gold Rush8. In Victoria's Golden Age9. Eviction for Collins Street10. Presbyterian Ministry11. From Wilderness to Fulfilment12. EpilogueNotesBibliographyIndex