CAST my own shadow upon my path,
because I have a lamp that has not been lighted.
-- Rabindranath Tagore, "Stray Birds"
The former state shadow attorney-general Andrew Tink’s book William Charles Wentworth appears next month, a biography of a many of many firsts: crossing the Blue Mountains; setting up a university. Tink has also written about Lord Sydney … Andrew noted that if the Wentworth book goes well, I am hopeful my manuscript on Lord Sydney will be picked up. He is unfairly maligned. The First on Firsts (According to Damien Murphy and Emily Dunn of the SMH DIARY fame who noted this week in hard copy of the paper on 20-7-09]
THE NAMING OF SYDNEY and its Mountains Author Talk: Andrew Tink on William Charles Wentworth: Blue Mountains or Sydney are Named for Them
An explorer, a master political manipulator, a barrister, a newspaper proprietor and a physical giant of a man who was afraid of nothing and no one, William Charles Wentworth was in every sense Australia's founding father. His story is the story of colonial Australia.
Described by Manning Clark as 'Australia's greatest native son', William Charles Wentworth led a life of firsts. A man of rat cunning, great intelligence and sharp wit, he wrote the first book by an Australian to be published, was joint editor and proprietor of the colony's first independent newspaper, and founder of Australia's first university. But more importantly, with ruthless energy and a volcanic personality this 'convict brat' spent his life as an unrelenting advocate for comprehensive trial by jury, self-government and an Australian Confederation. Articulating a distinctly Australian identity to the world, he has a strong claim to be a founding father of modern Australia.
Wentworth's great personal achievements have been largely forgotten - until now. Andrew Tink, who for nineteen years sat under the looming presence of Wentworth's portrait in the New South Wales Parliament, has turned his gaze to this great man of Australian history. The result is a biography that is long overdue and a fascinating and richly rewarding insight into the life of this complex man and the young nation he helped to create.
• 9781741751925 William Charles Wentworth, a founder of the Bar, a free press, trial by jury ; [Publishing House of Rebeca Thackaray nee Kaiser; Changes ahead Motive for writing still unknown ; Former NSW Epping MP Andrew Tink, who had an account at the newsagency, described the Lins as a ''quiet, hard-working and self-sufficient'' Chinese migrant family. This week’s Tragedy in former electorate ]
• · His interest in and research of Brush Farm has formed the basis for a chapter in the book In Search Of The Pennant Hills on which he collaborated with James Symes and Trevor Patrick. ; Former MP, Historian, Author ; History and his stories
• · Willoughby City Library - An explorer, a master political manipulator, a barrister, a newspaper proprietor and a physical giant of a man who was afraid of nothing and no one, William Charles Wentworth was in every sense Australia's founding father. Join Andrew Tink as he discusses the subject of his new book. Author Talk: Andrew Tink on William Charles Wentworth ; As a member of the NSW Legislative Assembly, I was confronted in the parliament every sitting day for 19 years by an aggressive, larger than life portrait of William Charles Wentworth, a founder of the Bar, a free press, trial by jury and responsible government in NSW. Despite Wentworth’s achievements and his brilliant, volcanic personality – the product of a convict mother and a father who was the black sheep of one of Britain’s most distinguished families - no full length biography of him has yet been written William Charles Wentworth, a founder of the Bar, a free press, trial by jury ; In 1786-87 the Home Secretary Lord Sydney spent £54,000 to ensure that his able contractor William Richards could adequately provision the First Fleet, as a result of which there were only about 23 deaths on the voyage out. But his successor, the young up and comer William Grenville, keen to make a name for himself in Cabinet as a cost cutter, sacked Richards and replaced him with the London slaving firm of Camden, Calvert and King, saving over £20,000 in the process. As a result, 267 people died during the Second Fleet's voyage and the conditions were so bad that one of the captains was prosecuted for murder Andrew Tink speaking at Parliament
• · · In appreciation of Lord Sydney's efforts, the loyalists named Sydney in Nova Scotia after him. Tink argues that it was Lord Sydney's support for the loyalists that was a key reason why the English of Canada went on to dominate the country over the country's French settlers. Seldom has an historical figure been so little honoured in a great city that took his name, than the British aristocrat Lord Sydney. Put simply, Pete Townshend, a founder member of the famed rock group The Who, is far better known in the host city for this year's Olympic games than his 18th century namesake Tommy Townshend. Forget that as Lord Sydney, Tommy Townshend also had Sydney in Nova Scotia named after him and played a key role in bringing reconciliation between Britain and the fledgling United States after the American War of Independence. Towshend puts Lord Sydney in shadows ; The fact is that few Sydneysiders know exactly who the city was named after and even fewer could tell you what was his non-aristocratic name. An inquiry to the Sydney city council historical section about Tommy Townshend drew a blank until it was pointed out that there was an 'H' in Lord Sydney's name
• · · · The long standing reputation of Lord Sydney, as mentioned above, is being reassessed by Andrew Tink. Mr Tink will show that this reputation was not only unfounded but was caused by incident 10 years before Lord Sydney even took office. Click here to View Andrew Tink's article.Lord Sydney; Sydney is Named for Him ; Where have all the political leaders gone? Where are all the visionaries? Politicians: the epitome of bland
• · · · · Google good at capturing historical posts History never black and white; My former boss, the chairman of the NSW PAC, Andrew Tink, laments how little honoured is Lord Sydney in his own backyard: Media Dragon Cached by Google ; Protecting the book industry panders to the cultural cringe Death of author unlikely