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Author Cox, Richard, 1931- author

Title William Cox : Blue Mountains Road Builder and Pastoralist / Richard Cox
Published Kenthurst, N.S.W. : Rosenberg Publishing, 2012
New South Wales : Rosenberg, 2012


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  625.7092 Cox Cox/Wcb  AVAILABLE
Description 312 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents 1. An English Gentleman With no Money -- 2. Emigration -- Hostile Ships, Storms and Mutinies -- 3. The Second Largest Landowner in Two Years, Bankrupt Three -- 4. Rehabilitated as Macquarie's Protege -- 5. The Challenge of the Blue Mountains -- 6. Mount York Defeated -- 7. A Family Enterprise -- 8. The Perquisites of Office -- 9. Toughly Interviewed by Commissioner Bigge -- 10. A Wife Drowned and a New Marriage -- 11. Dispossessing the Aborigines -- 12. The Exclusives Lose Their Dominance -- 13. The Cox Dynasty Established
Summary William Cox (17641837) was a soldier, road builder, and pioneering pastoralist in the colony of New South Wales. He made his name building the road across the Blue Mountains in 1814. In just over six months, his team of 30 convicts hacked out 163 kilometres of road through appalling terrain, without serious accident. As such he is part of early Australian history. But whilst his sympathetic treatment of convicts contributed to this success, as Paymaster of the New South Wales Corps he had earlier used the regimental funds to buy his first farms resulting in dismissal from the army. As a pastoralist Cox helped carry through the improvements which gave Australia its first significant wool exports. As a liberal thinker he was both a co-founder of the first Agricultural Society and championed emancipists having citizens rights. In the first book-length biography of William Cox, Richard Cox a descendant gives the details of Coxs life, from early scandal through to success in several fields, and redeems the career of one of the pioneers of colonial Australia
Analysis Australian
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-283) and index
Subject Cox, William, 1764-1837
Farmers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Biography.
Livestock workers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Biography.
Mountain roads -- Australia -- Blue Mountains (N.S.W.)
Roads -- Australia -- Design and construction -- 18th century.
Soldiers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Biography.
Soldiers -- Australia -- New South Wales -- 18th century -- Biography.
Blue Mountains (N.S.W.) -- History.
New South Wales -- Biography.
New South Wales -- 18th century -- Social life and customs.
New South Wales -- 19th century -- Social life and customs.
Genre/Form Biographies.
LC no. 2012464711
ISBN 1921719532 (paperback)
9781921719530 (paperback)