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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And, indeed, the Daily Universal Register advised the correct situation early in January 1787, when it said that the governor had 'discretionary power to land the convicts at Botany Bay, or Norfolk Island, or elsewhere, ...
In January 1787, a number of papers advised readers that the expedition to Botany Bay comprehends in it more than the mere banishment of our felons. It is an undertaking of humanity, for in all the islands of the South Seas, ...
After the ministers had drafted it and Pitt had read it at the Cockpit the evening before, the King delivered his address to open the new session of parliament on 23 January 1787. His Majesty assured members of both Houses that 'the ...
As Earl Camden, the Lord President of the Privy Council, remarked in advising that he would be unable to attend the meeting on Friday 12 January 1787 when Cabinet was to discuss the draft of the ...
... and in part civil'.23 Criminal and civil courts At the end of January 1787, the administration prepared a bill to provide for a criminal court in the Botany Bay colony, with the Lord President remarking that 'I believe [a summary] ...
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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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