Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption: Nubrygyn and the Colony's Settlement West of the Great Divide

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 520 pages
Author: K. Gadsby
Year: 2021
ISBN: 9780646819921
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Kate Gadsby

Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption is a gripping narrative portraying personal stories of the leaders of Sydney society, convicts building the Mountain Road and the captivating history of the pioneers who established the early settlements west of the Great Divide. It depicts the lives of the brave men and women who ventured into the vast expanses of unknown land after the proclamation of Bathurst. Their stories encompass the many aspects of colonisation within the Nineteen Counties and the ‘outer limits’ of the Lachlan, Macquarie and Bogan rivers. There are also descriptions of the land of the Aborigines as it became inhabited by convicts and European settlers. The first pioneering names associated with Nubrygyn were Thomas Kite, Charles Frederick Warne and Charles Wray Finch.

Written through the eyes of the people at the time, Kate Gadsby focuses the book around the first settlers at Nubrygyn and the Wellington Valley convict settlement. Several years later it became the home of the Anglican Church missionaries as they endeavoured to Christianise the local Aborigines. The book describes the battles of the settlers and the squatters with unruly convict labourers and the lawlessness in Wellington County. Other than the Bathurst constabulary, the first twenty-five years of European settlement west of the Macquarie River existed without a police force. Deprived of constables, the Wellington region became overrun with bushrangers, murderers and convict runaways.

Beautifully illustrated with rare maps, photographs and artworks from colonial masters, this is a fascinating read. It is a ground-breaking historical narrative of people and occupation west of the Great Divide and the Colony’s settlements within the Wellington County and the vast lands beyond.

Author's Notes
Introduction to Nubrygyn
1. James Mostyn alias Butler: Early convict days and the Mountain Road
2. Lieutenant Percy Simpson and John Maxwell: Wellington Valley, 'The Valley of Swells'
3. Thomas Kite: Convict, capitalist and entrepreneur
4. Charles Frederick Warne: Merchant, money and misfortune
5. Captain Charles Wray Finch: Beyond the call of duty
6. Colonel Henry Croasdaile Wilson: First Police Magistrate, scandals and corruption
7. Elizabeth Finch: Life in the outer limits
8. Reverend William Watson: The roving reverend
9. Bushrangers of Wellington County: Blue Cap and Ben Hall
10. Convict settlers: Robert Trudgett and Constance Couronne
11. Free settlers: William Brazier and Caroline Coleman, the currency lass


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