The Federation Press

Sir Richard Hanson

Overview

Sir Richard Hanson was much more than a Judge - although he was an important Judge in his time. Before he became Chief Justice of South Australia in 1861, he was: a participant in a major government enquiry on Canada which laid the foundations for democratic self-government not only there, but in Australia and New Zealand as well; a co-founder of the polities of both South Australia and New Zealand; a campaigner for Maori land rights; and Premier of South Australia for the better part of three years.

In his later life he also became a widely-admired author on historical aspects of the New Testament, taking a free-thinking position and doubting the truth of the Bible stories. This book tells the story of his life.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction

Family, childhood and youth

Bound for South Australia – almost

Canada
Lord Durham’s Mission
Lord Durham’s Staff
Hanson in Canada
Hanson in Lord Durham’s Report

New Zealand
Settlement
Arrival and Beginnings
Land Acquisition Agent
Businessman
Tensions
High-Level Negotiations
Change of Allegiance
Personal Life
Crown Prosecutor
Older and Wiser?
Conflicts
Native Land Rights
Newspaper Editor
Candidate for Office
Disillusionment and Departure

South Australia: lawyer, citizen activist and Advocate-General
Hanson, Barrister
The “Fight for Religious Liberty”
Leading Member of the Bar
Marriage and Electoral Campaign
Advocate-General and Member of the Legislative Council
Survive the Shock
The New Constitution

Premier, Attorney-General and Member of Parliament
South Australia’s First Attorney-General and the Elections of 1857
Hanson and the Torrens System
Premier
Achievements of the Hanson Government
Boothby

Chief Justice of South Australia
Appointment
Boothby
Colleagues
Judging
Four Papers and Conflict with the Bible Society
Knighthood and Persecution of Mrs Hanson
The Equity Dispute
Acting Governor and Member of the Court of Appeals
Family

Scholarship
Hanson’s Loss of Faith and Historical Writings
The Jesus of History
Letters to and from Rome
The Apostle Paul

Death and legacy

Index

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