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La Trobe : the making of a governor by Reilly, Dianne

By Reilly, Dianne

Charles Joseph l. a. Trobe was once Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of recent South Wales and Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor (1851–54). His management, which coincided with the turbulent demanding situations of the Victorian gold rushes, was once hugely debatable. He departed from workplace a dissatisfied guy whose contribution to the advance of the colony was once now not instantly acknowledged. His used to be a imaginative and prescient of an aesthetic, economically practicable and Christian society, with equality of chance for all. Any attractiveness of his achievements eluded him, specially in regards to the Aboriginal humans and the goldfields administration.

As Dianne Reilly Drury exhibits during this attention-grabbing research of the guy, l. a. Trobe's activities, rules and behaviours in the course of his fifteen years in place of work in Melbourne could be top understood through an exam of how his personality used to be shaped—especially via the impacts on him of the Moravian religion and schooling, by means of his ardour for shuttle and by means of the devotion and help of his friends and family in England and Switzerland.

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La Trobe : the making of a governor

Charles Joseph los angeles Trobe used to be Superintendent of the Port Phillip District of recent South Wales and Victoria's first Lieutenant-Governor (1851–54). His management, which coincided with the turbulent demanding situations of the Victorian gold rushes, was once hugely debatable. He departed from workplace a disenchanted guy whose contribution to the advance of the colony was once no longer instantly known.

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The weekly routine of the boys who lived, worked and relaxed in the Single Brethren’s quarters, embraced all the necessary subjects: English Grammar, Latin, French, Arithmetic, Geography, Drawing and Singing. 76 The week was liberally sprinkled with periods of recreation, cricket being a great favourite. Visiting clergy of many denominations preached to the students and there were various lectures on interesting subjects, such as elocution and slavery. 77 Constant supervision was considered a leading principle of Moravian education, and Samuel recorded the many excursions for historical purposes on which the boys went, accompanied by their masters.

The civil rites took place in Paris, after which the couple and their families were invited to the château of Malmaison for the religious ceremony presided over by Cardinal Mauri, in the presence of the Empress. The brother of the bridegroom, Colonel Louis de Pourtalès, reported the occasion in his journal: ‘Après ces cérémonies, il y eut excellent dîner, puis concert et souper. 24 Comte Frédéric de Pourtalès went on to become a Swiss Councillor of State and aide-de-camp to the Prussian Prince Berthier, Comte de Neuchâtel.

La Trobe does mention ‘having entered into a contract, which left me undisputed master of an apartment about fourteen square feet’12 in the town of Neuchâtel, no doubt referring to arrangements made with the Comte de Pourtalès for his engagement as tutor. There is no evidence as to where the tiny apartment was, but this was to be his residence throughout the winter of 1824–25. indd 34 2/3/06 2:14:14 PM book of travel adventures, is interesting for the deeply personal remarks made by the writer.

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