George Higinbotham: Third Chief Justice of Victoria, 1886-1892

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Federation Press, 2006 - Judges - 312 pages
George Higinbotham's extreme and uncompromising radical views and mesmerizing oratory have made him an iconic figure in Victoria's colonial history - the darling of the liberals and the left. John Bennett has written a major re-assessment of this giant who was a dominating figure from the 1850s until his death in 1892.Higinbotham was successively a gold digger who found no gold; a barrister who found few briefs; a crusading editor of Melbourne's Argus; an independent member of Parliament who opposed political parties and ferociously attacked the "squatter" dominated Legislative Council and the Colonial Office; an overtly democratic Attorney-General who advocated government without supply; and Chief Justice of Victoria when his political dreams all foundered.Yet he drew others to him as a Pied Piper. He was a mass of contradictions. Extraordinarily charitable to beggars, he treated his family miserably. A failure in achievement, he retained an enormous popularity which has endured for over a century.The Victorian State Set of Lives of Australian Chief Justices, which includes, Sir William a'Beckett, Sir William Stawell and George Higinbotham is available for $120.00 - to order the Victorian State Set, click here.
 

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Contents

Higinbotham is a Most Estimable Man But
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His Short Experience in the House
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AttorneyGeneral 18631868
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Absolute Political Equality to All
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The Destiny of Our Colonies is Independence
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Puisne Judge 18801886
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Chief Justice 18861892
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Toy v Musgrove 1888
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Perplexed by Paradox Stunned by Contradictions
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Abbreviations
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Index
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