The Phantom Fenians of New South Wales
by Robert Travers
Kangaroo Press, 1986, [First Edition], illustrated with b/w plates, hardcover, dustjacket, ISBN 0864170610
Very Good Condition, mild rubbing to edges of book, two small tears and edge wear to dustjacket
'Henry Parkes, the Colonial Secretary, an ambitious and unscrupulous politician, seized the opportunity to fan the flames of sectarian bigotry and hatred for his own purposes. He raised a great scare about a supposed 'Fenian' plot to murder the prince, setting in motion a wild hunt for 'disloyal' citizens. The parliament, in a day of panic, passed a Treason Felony Act through both houses within a few hours, and it became a crime to refuse a loyal toast to the Queen or to speak or publish anything which might be considered disloyal to the Crown.
Parkes, a consummate politician, kept the public in turmoil by raising the 'Kiama Ghost' later in the year. This was the name given by his opponents to his claims that the 'Fenian' conspirators had murdered one of their number as an informer.'