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Bound for Botany Bay: British Convict Voyages To Australia

Publisher: The National Archives

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 272 pages
Author: A. Brooke & D. Brandon
Year: 2005
ISBN: 9781903365786
Other: Maps 
Publisher: The National Archives

'Bound for Botany Bay' follows the journeys of ten of thousands of convicts, 'banish'd beyond the seas' to destinations that became the stuff of legend - Botany Bay, Norfolk Island, Van Diemen's Land. It traces the origins of the controversial policy of transportation - part deterrent, part punishment, and part solution for labour shortages - and vividly describes the experiences of those on board the ships. Letters, journals, logbooks and popular ballads allow a multitude of individual 18th and 19th century voices to have their say, on both sides of the law - and from below decks as well as above. The perils and unexpected pleasures of life at sea are recaptured in fresh and fascinating detail, as are the fates of families left behind. The authors consider the consequences of transportation, intended and unintended, and the legacy of a new European colony in Australia. 

By combining a broad-canvas history with the fine brushwork of personal stories, the authors bring out the real dimensions of a system in which, for example: 

 ... only one convict was formally executed on a convict ship, but hundreds died through shipwreck, disease and violence.
 ... 13,000 children were shipped to Van Diemen's Land.
 ... many convicts had access, for the first time in their lives, to education and medical help on the convict ships.

Condition: This is a secondhand book, but it is in great condition, and looks like new.

Chapter 1. The Beginning of Transportation
Chapter 2. The First Three Fleets
Chapter 3. The Trauma of Exile
Chapter 4. Who Were the Convicts?
Chapter 5. Child Convicts
Chapter 6. Keeping Order
Chapter 7. Staying Alive on the Convict Ships
Chapter 8. The Surgeon's Tale
Chapter 9. The Promised Land
Conclusion: Towards the End of Transportation

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