School of Humanities and Social Science,
The University of Newcastle
2012, Semester 1
Held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus
Friday 4th May, 10:00am, followed by morning tea
Professor Lyndall Ryan
Centre for the History of Violence, Newcastle University
“Was New Zealand part of New South Wales 1788-1817?”
When Captain Arthur Phillip the first governor of New South Wales, read out his commission at Sydney on 26 January 1788 he said that the boundaries of the colony extended from Cape York in the north to South Cape, all the country westward as far as 135 degrees east and “including all the islands adjacent in the Pacific Ocean” between Cape York and South Cape.
Did Phillip’s jurisdiction include New Zealand? Between 1788 and 1817 the governors of NSW were in no doubt that NZ was part of the territory of NSW and encouraged trade and missionary enterprise between the two places. However in 1817 the British government ruled that NZ was not part of NSW. This paper explores the ways historians on both sides of the Tasman have written about this period in relation to their countries’ histories and argues for a new approach to trans-Tasman history.