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Floating Prisons: Irish Convict Hulks and Voyages to New South Wales 1823-1837

Publisher: Halstead Press

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 256 pages
Author: A. McMahon
Year: 2017
ISBN: 9781925043341
Other: b&w & colour photos, bibliog, appendix, index
Publisher: Halstead Press

Ireland was so troubled in the 1820s and 30s that goals were overflowing. Marauding bands of Whiteboys, Ribbonmen and Rockites attacked the property of prosperous farmers and the Protestant establishment - which used harsh laws to control the Catholic labouring class.

Undernourished and clad in rags, thousands of male prisoners were confined to hulks moored in the harbours of Dublin and Cork, waiting for ships to Australia. They were grim places of violence, abuse and boredom.

Looking deeply into Ireland's penal administration, divided society, and the convict voyages, Anne McMahon draws conclusions that will change many assumptions about Australia, Ireland and the British Empire.

The loss for Ireland was a boon to the Australian colonies flooded with involuntary Irish settlers: 61 shiploads from the hulks alone. Today their descendants form a substantial part of the Australian population.

Introduction: A Nation, an Empire and a Colony
1. Nineteenth Century Irish Penal Administration
2. Social Conditions in Ireland 1801-1837
3. Early Transportation Under the Union
4. The 'Surprize' Prison Hulk at Cove
5. The 'Essex' Prison Hulk at Kingstown
6. Ships, Routes and Shipwrecks
7. Roles and Relationships During the Voyages
8. The Surgeon Superintendents
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  1. Essential reading for anyone interested in Irish Convicts.

    Posted by JM on 22nd Sep 2017

    Anne MacMahon has written a thorough account of the history of Irish convicts, particularly 1823-1837. She investigates the social context, the penal system, transportation, the history of the hulks and the voyages to Australia. The work is very readable and has extensive footnotes, bibliography and index.

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