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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Reproduced courtesy ofthe National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Cover design by Thomas Deverall and Peter Long Book design by Thomas Deverall Typeset by Duncan Blachford Index by Michael Ramsden Printed in Australia by Griffin ...
... one in London before being put on board the Lady Penrhyn in the Thames. It is not a description ofhow they were neglected at Portsmouth. Once under the supervision of the First Fleet officers and surgeons at Plymouth and Portsmouth, ...
Rose did not purchase the Cuffnells estate until 1784; and how frequently and for how long he was in residence thereafter is unknown, although clearly his duties at the Treasury kept him in London for much of the year.
... from Hawkesworth's compilation of Cook's and Banks's journals.10 Other London and country newspapers did likewise, often simply repeating one another's words.11 In the next weeks, more details of the planned expedition came out.
Also quoting from Matra, the London Chronicle told readers about 'that very valuable article of New Zealand hemp or flax plant'.14 In December, the London Chronicle announced that 'the Botany Bay expedition may in the end keep in this ...
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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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