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In For the Long Haul: The First Fleet Voyage and Colonial Australia, the Convicts' Perspective

Publisher: ESH Publication

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 284 pages
Author: A. Hall
Year:
 2019
ISBN: 9780987629203
Other: rev. ed., maps, b&w photos, bibliog, index 
Publisher: ESH Publication

Many stories of the First Fleet and New South Wales colony are prejudicial to the conduct of convicts and especially females. This book relates the history of this period through the eyes of the convicts, and in doing so debunks many untruths about the young men and women who struggled to create a new life in an unknown land. The lives of two convicts, Anthony Rope and Elizabeth Pulley from rural Norfolk, provide a factual human thread stitching together the fascinating story of this great Australian venture. Their individual stories, which start with stealing to stay alive, parallels those of most 752 convicts aboard the motley fleet of eleven ships sent in 1787 to establish a prison settlement on a faraway continent.

Anthony and Elizabeth's early existences were miserable and tragic, involving numerous criminal charges, persecution by guards, one of the 'Fighting Five' aboard the 'Friendship'; a liaison at the 'riotous' disembarkation, a hanging charge for their wedding supper, and opposition to the Rum Rebellion in support of William Bligh. This is an epic account of adversity, hardship and courage. Anthony and Elizabeth's life together spanned 50 years – the entire period of convict transportation to Australia encompassing nine different Governors.

Far from being the scourge on society, ex-convicts were pioneering settlers who provided the economic resolve and backbone to a starving Australian colony when it was teetering on abandonment.

Contents:
List of maps and illustrations
Conversion chart and abbreviations
Prologue: A truly epic adventure
1. Poverty and punishment
2. Poor rural youth
3. Female servitude
4. Botany Bay Scheme
5. Assembling the Fleet
6. Portsmouth to Rio
7. Female convict behaviour
8. Long haul to Botany Bay
9. A colony at Sydney Cove
10. A hearty wedding supper
11. A struggling colony
12. Second Fleet arrival
13. First settlers
14. Phillip's departure
15. The Rum Corps 1793-1796
16. Floods and debts 1797-1801
17. Governors King and Bligh 1802-1806
18. The Rum Rebellion 1807-1808
19. Bligh defies the rebels 1808-1810
20. Macquarie and equality 1810-1815
21. Prosperity for emancipists 1816-1821
22. Currency lads and lasses 1822-1825
23. Despotism and dysfunction 1825-1831
24. End of the convict era 1832-1843
Acknowledgements
Bibliography
Notes
Index

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