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By Robert Murray

Parliamentary govt in Victoria is now greater than a century and a part outdated. it's a tale of low and high lighting, idealistic commitment and self-serving manipulation, with many vibrant figures - yet over the many years the improvement of a superb culture of democratic carrier to a tough public with excessive expectancies. This booklet concisely describes the start within the 1850s of democratic, autonomous executive and its development over fifteen a long time. This e-book is a paperback publication of 244 pages and contains many black and white political cartoons.

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Vast numbers more, including railwaymen and police, trembled for their jobs. 1 Months of business depression followed and critics called it the ‘Berry Blight’ on the Victorian economy. London severely reproved the governor, Sir George Bowen, for assenting to such an arbitrary action and soon afterwards moved him to Mauritius. Bowen had taken the view that it was a local issue and he should follow the advice of his ministers. In April, a compromise resolved the stand-off and most of the officials were reinstated, though not some who had made themselves objectionable to Berry.

It could amend or reject other bills, but if it did not pass them within twelve months an election would follow. The Council retaliated with a proposed amendment of its own and both, predictably, failed. Berry then sailed to London with a colleague, forming what he called an ‘embassy’, to 42 Berry – Blight or Brave? ‘Our Own Rulers’. The fiercely pro-Berry Age newspaper was also an unlovely partner in a trio with Premier Berry and Ned Kelly, in the eyes of Melbourne Punch (13 February 1879). Victorian era cartoonists often portrayed newspapers – ‘the media’ of the day – as gossipy old women.

He returned to the Assembly in 1877 for the seat of Belfast (Port Fairy), a dominating speaker against Berry in the debates on the Council. He was once again after the premiership and with federation beginning to appear on the horizon he may have had an even larger goal. Berry was born near London in 1822, son of a tradesman and apprenticed to a local draper at the age of 11. He emigrated in 1852 and established a general store and wine and spirit merchant business in the soon plush Melbourne suburb of South Yarra.

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