The Convict Ships 1787-1868

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (440 pages)
Author: C. Bateson
Year: (1959) 2004
ISBN: 9780975237816
Publisher: Library of Australian History

Originally published in 1959, 'The Convict Ships' has been accepted by historians and scholars as the standard work on the subject. This Australian edition, which follows the revised and enlarged second edition (1969), includes the results of research into hundreds of journal of ships' surgeons in an authoritative and fascinating account of this little-known field of maritime history.

A great human document, which must fascinate everyone interested in ships and the sea, it tells for the first time the strange and often macabre story of the transport of prisoners from Britain to Australia between the years 1787 and 1868. From authoritative sources, official and unofficial, Charles Bateson reconstructs not only the voyages themselves, but also the administrative system under which the ships were selected, manned, provisioned and despatched with their miserable human freight to face a 13,000 miles voyage over tempestuous and largely uncharted seas.

Preface to Australian Edition
Preface to First Edition
List of Illustrations
1. "For Their Country's Good"
2. The Contractors
3. The Naval Agent and the Guard
4. The Surgeons and Surgeons-Superintendent
5. The Convicts
6. The Transports
7. The Voyage of the First Fleet, 1787-1788
8. The Voyages, 1789-1800
9. The Voyages, 1801-1820
10. The Voyages, 1821-1840
11. The Voyages, 1841-1868
Notes and Referencs
Appendix 1. Convict Ships to New South Wales 1801-1849
Appendix 2. Convict Ships to Van Diemen's Land 1812-1853
Appendix 3. Convict Ships to Port Phillip 1803-1849
Appendix 4. Convict Ships to Norfolk Island 1840-1847
Appendix 5. Convict Ships to Moreton Bay 1849-1850
Appendix 6. Convict Ships to Western Australia 1850-1868
Appendix 7a. Statistics of Male and Female Convicts 1788-1869
Appendix 7b. Convicts Embarked and Disembarked

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6 Reviews
  • Convict ships

    Posted by Debra Forbes on 5th Aug 2021

    Very informative and lots of interesting information on the ships. Found two ships my family are connected too

  • Convict ships

    Posted by Adrian Paul Jones on 23rd Jul 2021

    Disappointed as the ship my great, great grandfather was transported is not listed.


    Posted by ROBYN on 22nd Jul 2021

    I thoroughly enjoyed Convict Ships. Such interesting reading. The ship my G, G, Grandfather was on didn't have a write up . The Exmouth. Robyn.

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