Wentworth, William Charles

Wentworth, William Charles,

1793?–1872, Australian statesman. His exploration (1813) of the Blue Mts. in Australia revealed vast pasturelands in the western part of the continent. In 1816 he went to Great Britain to study law; while there he published (1819) a description of Australia. He returned (1824) to Australia, where he set up a lucrative law practice, championed the cause of the "emancipists" (liberated convicts), and founded (1824) a newspaper, the Australian, to promulgate his views on Australian self-government. Wentworth took a prominent part in the legislative council of New South Wales, formed in 1842, and was the leading figure in the fight for the constitution of 1855. In 1849 he put through the bill for the founding of the Univ. of Sydney. After 1857 he resided mainly in England. He wrote Australasia (1823), a poem about his native country.
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Wentworth, William Charles 1959 'An Australian Institute for Aboriginal Studies', August, Wentworth papers, AIATSIS, Canberra.
Individual Benefactors Greaves, William Albert Braylesford (1915)(*) King, Sir Kelso (1917)(*) Loewenthal, Charles Jacob (1917)(*) Hordem, Sir Samuel (1919)(*) Dixson, Sir William (1922)(*) Halloran, Aubrey (1922)(*) Backhouse, Judge Alfred Paxton (1922)(*) Hawley, Arthur (1923)(*) Foster, Josephine Ethel (1924)(*) Welch, William (1925)(*) Friend, Owen Osmond (1925)(*) Barbour, Emily Hume (1925)(*) Dunlop, Blanche (1927)(*) Powell, John Joseph (1927)(*) Wentworth, William Charles III (1927)(*) Campbell, Cristina (1935)(*) Bales, Richard S.