The First Fleet: The Real Story
“Alan Frost is the myth-buster of Australian history...His work should be studied not only by students but anyone interested in the birth of a nation.” — the Age
In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1400 people, set out from England for Botany Bay. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Robert Hughes condemned the organisers’ “muddle and lack of foresight”, while Manning Clark described scenes of “indescribable misery and confusion”.
In The First Fleet: The Real Story, Alan Frost draws on previously forgotten records to debunk these persistent myths. He shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned – reflecting its importance to the British government’s secret ambitions for imperial expansion. He examines the ships and supplies, passengers and behind-the-scenes discussions. In the process, he reveals the hopes and schemes of those who planned the voyage, and the experiences of those who made it.
‘It is almost certain that Frost knows more than anybody else about the early maritime history of this land ... This book will surely alter the way Sydney sees its history.’ — Geoffrey Blainey, The Weekend Australian
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The Courier Mail — Praise for Botany Bay: The Real Story — 'Iconoclastic and refreshing ... an exhilarating read' —The Sydney Morning Herald 'Fascinating and compelling'—The Weekend Australian ...
I have told the story ofthis gathering in Botany Bay: The Real Story (Black Inc., Melbourne, 2011). While this long process may reflect no particular merit except persistence, it is also true that such a study as this could not properly ...
The First Fleet carrying the Botany Baycolony's officials,marines, convicts, animals, plants and supplies set out from ... The First Fleet has had possibly a worse press than the decision to establish a convict colony at Botany Bay.
As I show in Botany Bay: The Real Story, Campbell was not 'crooked'.12 Neither was he the contractor for the First Fleet: William Richards Jr was; and he did not stint the rations. William Bowes Smyth, the surgeon on the 2 The First ...
short article, in which he announced confidently that he had 'solved' the puzzle ofwhy Arthur Phillip was appointed governor of the Botany Bay colony: he felt 'sure that Phillip's appointments were due to the influence of Sir George ...
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The First Fleet: The Real Story is a companion volume to Alan Frost┐s earlier book, Botany Bay: The Real Story. It deals with the same subject as David Hill┐s 1788, but unlike Hill, Frost is an ... Read full review
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