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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Includes bibliographical references and index. Great Britain. Royal Navy. Fleet, First. First Fleet, 1787-1788. Australia--History--1788-1851. 994.02 Cover image: A Two-Decker and a Frigate Running into the Thames offGravesend (detail).
The First Fleet carrying the Botany Baycolony's officials,marines, convicts, animals, plants and supplies set out from Portsmouth harbour in the early morning of Sunday, 13 May 1787. Comprising eleven ships – two Royal Navy ships, ...
... 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 Navy ships going out to New South Wales.
... Royal Navy progressively enlarged, the Admiralty and Navy Board needed to have to hand details of ships, men, supplies and finance, not only in Britain but also in North America, the West Indies, the Mediterranean and India.
For example, the Deptford yard in the Thames was the main place for the inspection, repair and fitting out of Royal Navy ships in Britain. There are thousands of folio-sized letterbooks, each with hundreds of pages, recording the ...
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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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