A man of many dreams
: John George Knight, a life of fortune and misfortune in Victoria and the Northern Territory, 1851-1892

  • Julie Mastin

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU


    John George Knight migrated from England to Australia in 1851 as a young qualified architect and engineer. Knight was successful in his professional work in Melbourne, where he became a leading figure. In 1873 he sought work as a civil servant in South Australia’s remote Northern Territory. This move has never been satisfactorily explained. Knight worked in various positions in the Territory in the ensuing years and ended up holding the highest post in the administration: government resident. In 1892 Knight died in office.

    In this thesis I examine Knight’s professional, social and personal life, his achievements and also his shortcomings. Little has been written about Knight and he remains today a little known figure. Hopefully this thesis will help rectify this situation.

    Date of Award2018
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSteven Farram (Supervisor)

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