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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... that I may have some notice ofit before it is sent officially'; and in March 1787, when Phillip was insistent, both that the convicts on board the ships at Portsmouth should be fed fresh food while they waited to depart, ...
Partly because it was implicitly mis-dated to March 1787 when published in Historical Records ofNew South Wales,5 and partly because the 'dumping of convicts' view, which has dominated the historiography for so long, has obliterated all ...
... The third and fourth documents that convey Phillip's and the administration's ideas about the colony are the draft of his instructions, which the Home Office produced at the beginning of March, and his comments on this draft.
The Privy Council issued Letters-Patent providing for the operation of both the civil and criminal courts on 2 April 1787.26 The vice-admiralty court and commission for the trial ofpirates On 26 March 1787, clearly mindful of the ...
The Privy Council drafted this on 26 March, and it passed the Great Seal on 2 April.30 It was based on those given to the governors ofBritish colonies in North America, specifically on that for Lord Dorchester as governor-general of the ...
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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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