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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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 November, for example, the Daily Universal Register said that there was some question of the expedition's being abandoned, on the grounds of cost; then, a few days later, it gave readers figures that it must have received from Nepean ...
This advice has seemingly not survived; however, there can be no doubt that it was given, for on 9 November Nepean related to Sydney a conversation he had had with Howe: I told him that a deputyjudge-advocate would be wanted, ...
On 27 November, the Daily Universal Register informed readers that the Attorney-General and Solicitor-General had 'attended the [Privy] Council at St James's for the purpose of laying before His Majesty and the Cabinet the new code of ...
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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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