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Author Baxter, Carol (Carol J.)

Title An irresistible temptation : the true story of Jane New and a colonial scandal / Carol Baxter
Edition New edition
Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2008


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  364.374099441 New Bax/Itt 2008  AVAILABLE
Description ix, 422 pages ; 20 cm
Summary "In 1829 at the Supreme Court in Sydney, the bewitching Jane New was sentenced to death. Her crime: shoplifting a bolt of printed French silk. But was she guilty? Many had their doubts. Although a legal technicality soon quashed Jane's sentence, the autocratic Governor Ralph Darling refused to set her free. Like bees to the honey pot, the gentlemen of Sydney swarmed to Jane's defence including barrister and political agitator William Charles Wentworth and Supreme Court Registrar John Stephen Jr, who were both vigorous and manipulative in their appeals to set her free. An Irresistible Temptation is set against the backdrop of a particularly divisive period in colonial New South Wales. Not only did the scandal titillate Sydney and its legal and political ramifications push the colony to the brink of a constitutional crisis, but it contributed to the savagery of Governor Darling's public vilification and bestowed upon Jane New a place in the annals of Australian colonial history. Compelling and fast-paced, An Irresistible Temptation is a meticulously researched history that takes us from the court docks of industrialising England, to Tasmania's raw penal settlement, the rough-house world of Sydney's Rocks and eventually back to the rarefied atmosphere of Britain's House of Commons."--Provided by publisher
Notes Includes index
Previously published: 2006
Bibliography Bibliography: 412-416
Subject Darling, Ralph, Sir, 1775-1858.
New, Jane -- Trials, litigation, etc.
New, Jane.
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Australia -- New South Wales -- History -- Case studies.
Female offenders -- Australia -- Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Biography.
Female offenders -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Biography
Scandals -- Australia -- Sydney (N.S.W.) -- History -- Case studies.
Scandals -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Sydney
Women prisoners -- Australia -- Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Biography.
Women prisoners -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Sydney -- Biography
Genre/Form Case studies.
LC no. 2011459666
ISBN 9781741754896 (paperback)