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Poor Man: Law & Satire in 19th Century/Buck, A.R. / W/Paper/1740970799/S056-B2
Australian Scholarly Publishing
A vibrant tradition of political satire emerged in the newspapers of New South Wales in the 1860s. The Poor Man, a political satire that represented the conservative position on the politics surrounding the land law, is reproduced in this book..
The Poor Man, published as a serial in the Sydney Mail from March to September 1864, chronicled `the extraordinary adventures met with, and of the strange sights seen and of the curious things heard, by Mr Redde Pepper.' Mr Pepper was determined to find a character he believed was the recipient of all law reform - the `poor man'. Mr Pepper's adventures ran to eighteen instalments. His descriptions are not only revealing insights into the values and shared assumptions of colonial society, but a marvellous exposition of conservative attitudes to the social transformation brought about by the gold rush and manhood suffrage.