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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short article, in which he announced confidently that he had 'solved' the puzzle ofwhy Arthur Phillip was appointed governor of the Botany Bay colony: he felt 'sure that Phillip's appointments were due to the influence of Sir George ...
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 ...
the 'warrant' officers – masters, carpenters, gunners, cooks, surgeons – whom it appointed to the hundreds of ships; and to maintain an army of workmen, not only at the major home yards of the Thames, Portsmouth and Plymouth, ...
... with Howe: I told him that a deputyjudge-advocate would be wanted, and that it was probable that he would be appointed also to control the criminal and civil courts for the trial of matters which might pass between the convicts .
Among other things, this provided for the governor to convene a court to try all those crimes recognized in Britain, which was to consist of a 'judge-advocate to be appointed in and for such place, together with six officers of His ...
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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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