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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... officers who sailed on the ships had no notion of Phillip's instructions, nor of private understandings he had been given about the colony's purposes. ... PART ONE: PLANNING A CONVICT COLONY Announcing the Decision As 13 Introduction.
Towards the end of the month, the Daily Universal Register informed readers that Captain Arthur Phillip was to be the colony's governor, with a salary of £500 per annum; and that 700 male and 150 female convicts were to be ...
... individual.3 There are indications that this idea that transportation to the distant colony might prove the means ... accepted the position as the colony's chaplain: From my first hearing that a colony was about to be established .
And Arthur Phillip wrote from the colony that he was 'serving the cause of humanity'.4 * The second document is perhaps the most interesting and informative. This is a long memorandum in which Arthur Phillip presented his views ofhow he ...
In case any of the marines should wish to settle in the colony at the end of their term or any private settlers should arrive, he was to report on the colony's soils, and suggest how free settlers might be given land.
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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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