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Aristocrat by birth, autocrat by nature, and officer of the Royal Engineers by training, Sir William Denison became a Governor in Australia in the mid 19th century at a time of momentous change.
Arriving in Tasmania in 1847, he provided strong and controversial leadership while debate on convict transportation raged. His support for its continuance (he had the convicts doing valuable public work) caused a furore amongst the free community and unwillingly he had to yield. The Colonial Office in London was impressed and promoted him "Governor-General" of New South Wales in 1855.
Sir William Denison concluded his service to the Crown in 1866, and is remembered as one who "stood among the first class of Governors".
Part I - Van Diemen’s Land 1847-1855, A Position of No Common Difficulty, The Independence of the Bench Has Been Menaced, A State So Injurious to the General Interests, Opposition to the Convict System Here, Your Accustomed Zeal and Discretion, The System of Representative Legislation, Two Traitors In The Camp Of The Government, Uncomfortable as a Place of Residence, His Approach to Educational Problems, A Slight Insight Into Futurity, Part II - New South Wales 1855-1861, I Do Too Much While Some of the Others Do Too Little, Education and Related Matters, An Unwilling Instrument in Working out a Change, The Executive Council Should be the Governing Body, The Abstract Merits of Responsible Government, Governor General in and over All Our Colonies, Norfolk Island: The Singular Little Autocracy, Moreton Bay District, A Man Who in His Time Played Many Parts.