James Collier


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(1846–1925), born Dunfermline, Scotland, became a leader-writer and reviewer for the Scotsman and spent a decade working with Herbert Spencer on his sociological works. He came to Australia in 1895 from NZ, where he was parliamentary librarian at Wellington (1885–95) and where he compiled the bibliography The Literature Relating to New Zealand (1890). In Australia he published widely in journals on sociological and colonisation subjects but his main works were Sir George Grey (1909) and The Pastoral Age in Australasia (1911); the latter discusses some of the books written on bush life.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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