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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... from which all escape will be impracticable, the settlement may be otherwise highly beneficial to our Asiatic commerce'.13 In the middle of October, the Morning Chronicle announced that the government 21 Announcing the Decision.
middle of October, the Morning Chronicle announced that the government was pursuing James Matra's scheme, then quoted two paragraphs from it, those dealing with the centrality of New South Wales to future naval operation against the ...
... lose more than half the recruits they take on board for their settlement in India in crossing the Line'.22 The Bath Chronicle was particularly scathing: Botany Bay still continues to be a subject of town 23 Announcing the Decision.
Ten days later, the Hampshire Chronicle reported that 'the East India companies in Holland pretend to have a property in [New South Wales], though they were ill-used by the inhabitants when they attempted to settle themselves there'.
At the beginning of 1787, the Hampshire Chronicle followed up with: Private letters from Holland mention that the Dutch have at this instant, either in Botany Bay, or within a few leagues of that place, several transports and two men of ...
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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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