T.A. Coghlan, London Opinion and the Politics of Anglo-Australian Finance, 1905-09

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This article examines the interactions between the opinions of London financiers and politics in New South Wales and the Commonwealth of Australia at the onset of the twentieth century. It focuses in particular on the appointment and early activities of Timothy Augustine Coghlan, who, with several breaks, held the post of agent-general for New South Wales between 1905 and 1926, although he is better known as a pioneering statistician and economic historian. In particular the article examines the context surrounding his appointment, his attempts to improve his state's image and his reflections on the way debt curtailed Australian independence. Through this the article contributes to the ongoing debate surrounding Cain and Hopkins' writings on structural and relational power and the ‘rules of the game’, arguing that these are useful starting points for the analysis of a pervasive politics of finance within the British World.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-58
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Imperial and Commonwealth History
Issue number1
Early online date15 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


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