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Title: Samuel Marsden: A Contested Life
Contributor(s): Allen, Matthew  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: His supporters have remembered him as a moral and saintly evangelical pioneer; his enemies have recalled a greedy and hypocritical ‘flogging-parson.’ Between these two conflicting visions the real Samuel Marsden has almost disappeared. But how did Marsden’s violently contested reputation develop over time? By exploring the key controversies and judgements which contributed to it, both during his life and since his death, we discover that Marsden’s reputation has been extensively shaped by anachronism—judging his actions by standards that did not exist when he acted—and that Marsden was a more complex and interesting figure than either of the dominant visions have allowed.
Publication Type: Original Creative Works - Textual Work
Source of Publication: p. 1-16
Publisher: St John's Cemetery Project
Place of Publication: Sydney, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430302 Australian history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
Format: 10 400 words, 16 pages
HERDC Category Description: Z4 Original creative works - Textual work
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Type of Work: Written biography
Appears in Collections:Original Creative Works - Textual Work
School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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