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Remembering Babylon - Chapter 18 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 18 Summary

Mr. Frazer went to visit the Governor, Sir George. in Brisbane after spending three years at the settlement. He tries to present Gemmy's story and tell about how Gemmy introduced him to native life. Sir George was not interested in hearing his report about rows and rows of native orchards, however. Frazer is dismissed and taken out to dinner. His vision does not fit into Sir George's view of Queensland's future.

Chapter 18 Analysis

Sir George Bowen, Governor of Queensland, was an ambitious politician who saw Australia as another English conquest. He was very short sighted, especially when it came to hearing different opinions on how to best utilize the land. He listened to Mr. Frazer only in terms of him being a possible political threat. Once he determined no threat existed, he was not interested in what Frazer had to say about living off the continent.

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