Author: DENISON, WILLIAM.
1859 New South Wales. Defences of The Colony.
Despatches, &c., Respecting. Presented to both Houses of Parliament
First Edition; Foolscap folio; pp.38 (last blank); printed on
blue tinted paper, bound in recent understated quarter calf, fine
A scarce Government paper on the "Defence of the Town and Harbour
of Sydney". Motivated chiefly by the memory of the Crimean War,
the paper was a telling contribution to the then current policy
of maintaining strong defences for the inner port of Sydney alone.
With contribution from Governor William Denison (16 pages), Commodore
William Loring (2 pages), Colonel Commanding Troops J. M. Perceval
(2 pages), and Lieutenant-Colonel Geo. Barney (2 pages). While
ultimate responsibility for defence remained with the central
authority of the Empire the paper shows New South Wales taking
increasing responsibility for its own defence. The submission
is supported with a despatch from The Governor of Tasmania Sir
Henry Young highlighting the need for increased naval presence
in all the Australian colonies. The paper also details the building/repairs
to a number of defences, Domain, Fort Denison, Fort Kirribilli,
Dawes Battery and Fort Macquarie.
Sydney; Thomas Richards, Government printer; 1859.
here to order