Until 1832 the small towns of England were ruled by a curious set of institutions. These included the local Church of England and its vestry, and the unelected and self-appointing local government. In 1856 the remote colony of South Australia had the secret ballot, votes for all adult men, and religious freedom, and in 1857 self-government by an elected
parliament. The basic framework of a modern democracy was suddenly established. How did South Australia become so modern, so early? How were British institutions radically transformed by British colonist, and why did the Colonial Office allow it? 235 x 158mm., pp. viii, 311, black & white and colour plates, map, notes, bibliography, index. Trade paperback, pictorial card covers. Contents, no inscriptions; card covers, no reading creases on spine. FINE.