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Under the Colony's Eye: Gentlemen and Convicts on Cockatoo Island 1839-1869

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 208 pages
Author: S. Castrique
Year: 2014
ISBN: 9780992467111
Other: b&w & colour photos, map, bibliog, index
Publisher: Anchor Books Australia

'Under the Colony's Eye' tells the story of the penal settlement on Cockatoo Island, the struggle to build a dock and an autocratic superintendent who turned the island into a secret fight club with his bare-knuckle prize-fighting convicts. It is a true story of corruption, patronage and intrigue.

With a cast of memorable characters, this is an exciting narrative history. The island was a microcosm of colonial life, where gentlemen and convicts were involved in a human drama brimming with moments of power, death, turmoil, farce and compassion. 

In the background was the island, a place that confined and surprised them all. Guarded by ssea and circling gulls, the island has been a potent element in the lives of all those who lived on it. 


Part 1. Island
1. Wareamah

Part 2. An Argument Between Gentlemen 
2. A Man of Islands
3. A Dry Dock
4. Water and Stone
5. Finish the Dock!
6. The Rocking Dinghy

Part 3. A Slow Unravelling
7. The Prize Fighters
8. Bleak Cottage
9. Annoyances
10. An Honourable Man ...?

Part 4. Convicts
11. Incorrigible
12. Man Away!
13. One Tin Dish
14. Alarm Clung to Cockatoo
15. Epilogue

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