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Shady Acres: Power and Vested Interests in the Government of New South Wales and the Shaping of Sydney by Lesley Muir at Abbey's Bookshop,

Shady Acres: Power and Vested Interests in the Government of New South Wales and the Shaping of Sydney

Lesley Muir



Political structure & processes;
Political corruption;
Urban & municipal planning


304 pages

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A richly illustrated expose of development scandals and political corruption in NSW.

Looks close up at the railways and tramways of Sydney; the colourful characters who ran NSW; shifting political factions that delivered their power; the developers who financed Henry Parkes and other government leaders, and the Sydney suburbs laid out to suit their interests; and the dismal planning failures of the late 1870s and 80s that haunt Sydney still.

A meticulous account of late colonial times when NSW was governed to suit developers and greedy politicians, no less than in the 21st century.

The massive transformation of Sydney and its outskirts from then on is startling; the old flaws of the NSW government even more so.

By:   Lesley Muir
Imprint:   Woodslane
Country of Publication:   Australia
ISBN:   9781925043303
ISBN 10:   1925043304
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Introduction Setting the Scene: 1872-1873 Politicians and Platforms, 1874-1876 Jousting Knights and City Railways, 1877 The Rise and Fall of James Squire Farnell, 1877-1878 'A Vigorous Prosecution of Public Works', 1879-1880 Pedestrians become passengers, 1880-1882 A New Sydney, 1882-1883 Jobbery and Criminal Extravagance 1884-1886 Centennial slide, 1887-1895 Who's Who OR Shady Acres Connections Bibliography Index

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