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Anglican clergy in Australia, 1788-1850 : building a British world / Michael Gladwin.

Gladwin, Michael, (author.).
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Subject: Church of England > Australia > Clergy.
Church of England.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781782044291
  • ISBN: 1782044299
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource.
  • Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk : Boydell and Brewer, [2015]

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Formatted Contents Note: Part I: Sinews: funding, recruitment, backgrounds and motivation, 1788-1850 -- Part II: Clergymen in colonial Australia, 1788-1850 -- Part III: Scenes of Colonial Clerical life : Australian clergymen and voluntarism, 1836-50.
Summary: Anglican clergymen in Britain's Australian colonies in their earliest years faced very particular challenges. Lacking any relevant training, experience or pastoral theology, these pioneer religious professionals not only had to minister to a convict population unique in the empire, but had also to engage with indigenous peoples and a free-settler population struggling with an often inhospitable environment. Previous accounts have caricatured such clerics -several of whom doubled as magistrates - as the imperial authorities' lackeys: ""moral policemen"", ""flogging parsons"". While the clergy did indeed make important contributions to colonial and imperial projects, this book shows that they explicitly rejected the subordination of Church to state, vigorously asserting their independence in relation to both religious duties and humanitarian concern. The author also demonstrates the clergy's vital contribution to the evolution of the new colonies in their economic development, and in the emergence of civil society and distinctive intellectual and cultural institutions and traditions. The clerical contribution was shaped by their social origins, intellectual formation and professional networks in an expanding settler empire, explored systematically here for the first time.
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