# 28414

LANG, John Dunmore (1799-1878)

Account of the steps taken, in England, with a view to the establishment of an academic institution, or college, in New South Wales

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: and to demonstrate the practicability of effecting an extensive emigration of the industrious classes from the mother country to that colony. Sydney : Printed by Stephens and Stokes, 1831. Octavo, old marbled wrappers, pp 27; first 2 leaves with minor creasing flaws, light foxing, pale water stain to top edges; a good copy.

A scarce pamphlet in which Lang puts forward his ambitious plan for the establishment of the Australian College in Sydney, to be based on the principles of the Scottish school system. The response was positive and the College was opened in 1831, the year the pamphlet was published. The College was successful for a little over two decades until its closure in 1854. Lang includes in the pamphlet a list of items that have been donated for the use of pupils of the College, among them the complete works of Bentham – a gift of the famous philosopher and social reformer himself. There is also an early mention of Lang’s involvement in a scheme for emigration to Australia.