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Title:
Macquarie
Written by:
Grantlee Kieza 
Read by:
Peter Byrne 
Format:
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
16 
Duration:
18 hours 9 minutes 
Published:
October 21 2019 
Available Date:
October 21 2019 
Age Category:
Adult 
ISBN:
9780655642411 
Genres:
Non-fiction; Australian; Biography; Historical 
Publisher:
Bolinda audio 
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A lively and engaging portrait of a towering and complex figure of Australian colonial history.

Lachlan Macquarie is credited with shaping Australia's destiny, transforming a harsh, foreboding penal colony into an agricultural powerhouse and ultimately a prosperous society. He also helped shape Australia's national character. An egalitarian at heart, Macquarie saw boundless potential in Britain's refuse, and under his rule many former convicts went on to become successful administrators, land owners and business people. However, the governor's ambitions for the colony brought him into conflict with the continent's original landowners, and he was responsible for the deaths of Aboriginal men, women and children, brutally killed in a military operation intended to create terror among local Indigenous people. So was Macquarie the man who sowed the seeds of a new nation, or a tyrant who destroyed Aboriginal resistance? In this, the most comprehensive biography yet of this fascinating colonial governor, acclaimed biographer Grantlee Kieza draws on Macquarie's rich and detailed journals. Ultimately, Macquarie laid the foundations for a new nation, but, in the process, he played a part in the dispossession of the continent's first nations. Lover, fighter, egalitarian, autocrat, Lachlan Macquarie is a complex and engaging character who first envisaged the nation we call Australia.