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 Carmarthen Hills (after the Marquess of Carmarthen, the Foreign Secretary of State); the Lansdowne Hills (after the Marquess of Lansdowne, the former Prime Minister); the Nepean River (after Evan Nepean); and Pitt Water, ...
In late November 1786, after first approaching Rose about the business, Newton Fowell's mother wrote to Evan Nepean, asking that the young man, who had just obtained his lieutenant's passing certificate, be appointed to one of the Royal ...
(In the 1780s, for example, George Rose and Thomas Steele at the Treasury, Evan Nepean at the Home Office, William Fraser at the Foreign Office, Philip Stephens at the Admiralty, and Sir Charles Middleton at the Navy Board served under ...
After the reorganization ofthe old Southern and Northern Departments of State into the Home and Foreign Offices in 1782, one of Evan Nepean's tasks was to run the secret service in France, Spain and elsewhere in southern Europe.
... about the mounting of the First Fleet than all but three people knew at the time. Two of these were Sir Charles Middleton, the Comptroller (Head) of the Navy Board, and Evan Nepean, the UnderSecretary of State at the Home Office.
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The First FleetUser Review - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors - Books+Publishing
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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