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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Hughes thundered that 'the Fleet was under-victualled by its crooked contractor, Duncan Campbell'.11 He was wrong on three counts here. As I show in Botany Bay: The Real Story, Campbell was not 'crooked'.12 Neither was he the contractor ...
... Duncan Campbell said that a good result for a convict voyage across the Atlantic Ocean was a 10 per cent death rate, but that the average over an extended period was about 14 per cent.18 Yet, during a much longer and more difficult ...
Nonetheless, Campbell pressed his case. Rose, he said, had been 'Head' of the Navy. (Wrong. Lord Howe was the First Lord of the Admiralty, and Philip Stephens Secretary of the Admiralty Board. Rose was Secretary of the Treasury.) ...
Campbell's idea was a will-o'-the-wisp, which should never have been pursued nor publicized. But it was, and it developed a corporeality it simply didn't deserve. In 1938, Barnard Eldershaw repeated it. True, they were circumspect, ...
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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
Society Law and Governance
Officials and Officers
Ships Crews Marines Convicts
Equipping the Colonists
Loading the Ships and Embarking the People
Preparing Bodiesfor the Voyage
Leaving the World