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The reason that I picked William Charles Wentworth was because he was very important to the way we live today in two ways the first was opening up new grazing lands by going over the blue mountains but most importantly the way the government system was set up to today William Charles Wentworth was born in 1790 Norfolk Island and died in 1872 Wentworth was educated in England at the University of Cambridge He studied law in Sydney Wentworth is best known for crossing the Blue Mountains in 1813 and finding new grazing lands but he should be best known for what he did for the convicts and the development of the government systems in Australian that are still used today He also led the convicts fight to overcome the political supremacy exercised by government officials and voluntary settlers against them In 1842 New South Wales became the first Australian colony to be granted representative government largely as a result of Wentworths efforts A member of the Legislative Council formed that same year he helped obtain a formal constitution for the colony in 1854 Meanwhile in 1850 he was responsible for passage of the bill founding the University of Sydney He led the upper house of the Australian parliament in 1861 Although he wanted self-rule for British colonies as a wealthy land owner he disapproved of the growing democracy in Australia which had made it one of the most advanced political systems in the British Empire and in 1862 he settled in England Wentworth is often called the Australian patriot The first thing that William was known for and still today is best known for is being one of the first men over the Blue Mountains in 1813 He was a companied by William Lawson Gregory Baxland It was a great discovery it took twenty-one-days in treacherous land William wrote the land was beautiful and rich the boundless burst till nearer seen beauteous
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