Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland

TitleAccount of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland
Year for Search1837
Authors[Whately], [Richard](1787-1863)
Secondary AuthorsFox, Lady Mary(1798-1864)
Date Published1837
PublisherRichard Bentley
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsIrish author, Male author
Annotation

A reformed social and political system set in a eutopia founded by Europeans in the interior of Australia, where one of the eleven states of a federal union is called Eutopia, defined as a fine place. Fairly conservative. Constant reference to not being like the savages, but local Aborigines have been educated, and there has been some blending of the two groups. There are both personal and property votes. Must have basic education to vote and get additional votes for public service and personal qualifications, with three extra votes for intelligence. Religious toleration.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997. 7: 251-348. 2nd ed. London: Richard Bentley, 1849. 3rd ed. rev. as The Southlanders. An Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland. London: John W. Parker & Son, 1860. The revisions are minor except for the addition of a poem on Australia, “The Land of Contrarieties” (215-16)

Info Notes

The book has long been listed as by Fox with Whately as a possible author, but it is now generally accepted that Whately was the main author, and there is a penciled note in the 2nd ed. copy held at ATL that it is by Archbishop Whately and others and edited by Lady Mary Fox. The “and others” is reinforced by a published note in the 3rd ed. rev. that says, “It was compiled by more than one person; all of whom are not now living” (v).

Holding Institutions

ATL, L, MoU-St, PSt, VUW

Author Note

Whately (1787-1863) was Archbishop of Dublin.

Full Text

1837 [Whately, Richard] (1787-1863). Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland. Ed. Lady Mary Fox (1798-1864). London: Richard Bentley. Rpt. in Modern British Utopias 1700-1850. Ed. Gregory Claeys. 8 vols. London: Pickering & Chatto, 1997. 7: 251-348. 2nd ed. London: Richard Bentley, 1849. 3rd ed. rev. as The Southlanders. An Account of an Expedition to the Interior of New Holland. London: John W. Parker & Son, 1860. The revisions are minor except for the addition of a poem on Australia, “The Land of Contrarieties” (215-16). The book has long been listed as by Fox with Whately as a possible author, but it is now generally accepted that Whately was the main author, and there is a penciled note in the 2nd ed. copy held at ATL that it is by Archbishop Whately and others and edited by Lady Mary Fox. The “and others” is reinforced by a published note in the 3rd ed. rev. that says, “It was compiled by more than one person; all of whom are not now living” (v). ATL, L, MoU-St, PSt, VUW

A reformed social and political system set in a eutopia founded by Europeans in the interior of Australia, where one of the eleven states of a federal union is called Eutopia, defined as a fine place. Fairly conservative. Constant reference to not being like the savages, but local Aborigines have been educated, and there has been some blending of the two groups. There are both personal and property votes. Must have basic education to vote and get additional votes for public service and personal qualifications, with three extra votes for intelligence. Religious toleration. Whately was Archbishop of Dublin.