Sydney: William Brooks & Co., n.d. Edition unstated, maroon boards with gilt titles , t.e.g., vi p., 1 (contents)., 277 p., 1 (colophon). Collation matches the first edition published in London by T.F. Unwin, 1898. Colophon reads “Printed at the Edinburgh Press, 9&11 Young St”.
Very Good. Slight rubbing along the joints, corners bumped, top edge gilt in good condition, endpapers a little tanned, otherwise clean throughout.
James Francis Hogan (1855-1924) was a teacher, journalist, author and politician. He contributed many articles to journals and became recognised in London as somewhat of an expert on Australian affairs. He also wrote biographies and fiction and is probably best known for The Irish in Australia (1887). In The Gladstone Colony, he attempts to give a full account of W. E. Gladstone’s political connections with the Colonies, and more particularly a full and detailed account of Gladstone’s “most interesting experiment as Colonial Secretary …his attempted establishment…of a new Colony to be called North Australia” (p2). The site on which he proposed to establish settlers still bears his name, and Hogan’s book is also a sketch of the “interesting and chequered history”, as well as the rise and progress, of the town of Gladstone.
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