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Book titled 'A Short Account of the Character and Labours of The Rev Samuel Marsden'

2005.0064.0001

Book titled 'A Short Account of the Character and Labours of The Rev Samuel Marsden'

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A green fabric covered hardcover book entitled "A Short Account of the Character and Labours of The Rev. Samuel Marsden", 1844.

Statement of significance

The Samuel Marsden Collection comprises one book written by the Reverend William Woolls in 1844 titled, 'A Short Account of the Character and Labours of the Rev. Samuel Marsden, formerly principal Chaplain of the Church of England, in New South Wales' to raise funds for the erection of a church in the Parish of Marsfield, Parramatta. The book is an early account of the life and works of the Reverend Samuel Marsden, who had only passed away six years before its publication. This rare Parramatta printed work is noted on the last page as being printed on the same press that Marsden took to New Zealand.

Appointed as a magistrate, Samuel Marsden became known as the 'flogging parson' for his harsh punishment of convicts. He also obtained land grants, and became one of the colony's leading farmers and graziers. Although criticised for his involvement in non-clerical affairs, Marsden was respected and praised for his work in New Zealand. Marsden was also praised for his continued supervision of two schools for orphans and his work carried out at the Female Factory at Parramatta.

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