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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Clark wrote luridly that, at Portsmouth, 'the women convicts lolled on the decks in indescribable filth and their all too scanty clothing'.9 This false assertion is based on something Governor Arthur Phillip wrote: 'the situation in ...
It needed to maintain annual contracts for the delivery of English oak, American and Baltic masts and spars and Russian hemp; and to let a myriad specific contracts for the provision of equipment, food and clothing.
... of clothing to serve a male convict for one year3 George Rose and Thomas Steele, the Treasury Secretaries,4 received these items the same day, and entered them in the minute book as though the Board had considered them on 18 August.
Transmit to the Commissioners a list of the tools and utensils of husbandry to be provided for the marines and the convicts, and a list of the clothing and bedding, and acquaint them that my Lords will approve of their directing the ...
If they were to enrol in the corps that would replace the marines, after five years they would be offered double the amount of land, and be given goods and clothing, seeds and agricultural implements besides. Free persons migrating to ...
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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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