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Convict Colony: The Remarkable Story of the Fledgling Settlement That Survived Against the Odds

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 384 pages
Author: D. Hill
Year: 2019
ISBN: 9781760528669
Other: b&w & colour photos, maps, bibliog, index
Publisher: Allen & Unwin

The author of the magnificent bestselling account of the 'First Fleet' returns to early Sydney to tell the story of the years that followed as it's never been told before.

The British plan to settle Australia was a high-risk venture. We now take it for granted that the first colony was the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies, and New South Wales nearly joined them. 

The motley crew of unruly marines and bedraggled convicts who arrived at Botany Bay in 1788 in leaky boats, nearly starved to death. They could easily have been murdered by hostile locals, been overwhelmed by an attack from French or Spanish expeditions, or brought undone by the Castle Hill uprising of 1804. Yet through fortunate decisions, a few remarkably good leaders, and most of all good luck, Sydney survived and thrived.

Bestselling historian David Hill tells the story of the first three decades of Britain's earliest colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.

1. Bound for Botany Bay
2. An Uncompromisiing Commander
3. A Journey to the Other End of the World
4. A Crtisis Looms
5. Epic and Disastrous Voyages
6. 'A Hostile Menace'
7. The 'Troublesome' Convict Women
8. The Corrust Military Take Control
9. The Fear of the French and the Threat of the Spanish
10. The Unstoppable Loss of Escaped Convicts
11. The Irish Uprising of 1804
12. The Military Rise Against Governor Bligh
13. The Father of Australia
List of Illustrations

'David Hill captures Australia's past in a very readable way.' The Weekly Times

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