In order to get more accurate results, our search has the following Google-Type search functionality:
If you use '+' in front of a word, then that word will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry +Potter will return results with the word 'Potter'.
If you use '-' in front of a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry -Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
If you use 'AND' between two words, then both of those words will be present in the search results.
ex: Harry AND Potter will return results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'OR' between two words, then bth of those words may or may not be present in the search results.
ex: Harry OR Potter will return results with just 'Harry', results with just 'Potter' and results with both 'Harry' and 'Potter'.
If you use 'NOT' before a word, then that word will be absent in the search results.
ex: Harry NOT Potter will return results without the word 'Potter'.
Placing '""' around words will perform a phrase search. The search results will contain those words in that order.
ex: "Harry Potter" will return any results with 'Harry Potter' in them, but not 'Potter Harry'.
Using '*' in a word will perform a wildcard search. The '*' signifies any number of characters. Searches can not start with a wildcard.
ex: Pot*er will return results with words starting with 'Pot' and ending in 'er'. In this case, 'Potter' will be a match.
In this biography of George William Rusden, Paul Nicholls explores the paradoxes inherent in the life of an extraordinary man. One who gained renown and is remembered today for his scholarship, though his formal schooling ended when he was fifteen. One who favoured laissez-faire economics yet advocated strong government. One who as a civil servant upheld the prerogatives of parliament yet opposed manhood suffrage and was boundlessly contemptuous of politicians who pandered to the masses. One who criticised fellow Anglicans who were addicted to a bigoted ‘denominationalism’. And one who tirelessly and copiously blamed his fellow settlers for the depraved condition of ‘the Australians’, whose tribal lands had been usurped and who were frequently oppressed and ill-treated — thus sullying England’s good name by depriving the Aborigines of their sacred right, as British subjects, to be treated equally before the law.
When Rusden died in 1903, he was described as ‘a delicious bundle of prejudices’. A consummate Englishman, his love of his adopted country was unquestionable. It is unlikely, however, that he perceived Australia as ‘a new Britannia in another world’, and tempting to conclude that an old Britannia in the existing world suited him well enough.