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Sir John Gorrie (1829-1892) began colonial life on Mauritius in 1869, where he was posted as Substitute Procureur-General, and subsequently appointed third then second Puisne (Junior) Judge. He was called to Fiji as Chief Justice in 1876; became Chief Judicial Commissioner of the Western Pacific High Commission in 1878; was knighted in 1881; was Chief Justice successively of the Leeward Islands (1882) Trinidad (1888), and of the united Trinidad and Tobago until 1892. His unpublished novel was discovered almost a century after his death. John Gorrie was a respected colonial judge, albeit defiantly and decidedly not on the side of the ruling classes in the territories where he was posted. He believed that everyone, irrespective of race, was equal before the law, and his efforts to practice what he preached led him down many difficult paths... By publishing his hitherto unknown novel, it is our hope that we are making a further contribution to unravelling the complex legacy of empire as well as offering new insights into the life and work of this early champion of equal human rights.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780953991686
Publisher: Pink Pigeon Press
Publication date: 03/02/2016
Pages: 282
Product dimensions: 6.97(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Judy Allen, John Gorrie's great-great granddaughter, is an award-winning writer of books for children and the editor of a radio reading of The Diary of Minnie Gorrie' by John Gorrie's eldest daughter. Jean Ayler, descended from John Gorrie's brother Daniel, has undertaken extensive research into Gorrie family history over many years. Through this she met Judy Allen and also Gorrie scholar, Bridget Brereton. She furnished information for Prof. Brereton's biography of Gorrie, 'Law, Justice and Empire' (2000). Marina Carter is a historian and currently a researcher on the Arts & Humanities Research Council-funded 'Becoming Coolies' project at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely in the field of Mauritian studies with a particular emphasis on the study of the Indian labour diaspora. Shawkat M. Toorawa teaches Arabic, comparative, Near Eastern and world literatures at Cornell University. He recently edited and translated 'Flame Tree Lane/Lenpas Flanbwayan' (2012), a novella by Mauritian author, Dev Virahsawmy.

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