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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The Saturday Age '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 ...
When the colonists were at last on land at Sydney, David Collins, the deputy judge-advocate, wrote: 'the high health which was apparent in every countenance was to be attributed not only to the refreshments we met with at Rio de Janeiro ...
As their service while on land would be 'entirely unconnected with maritime affairs', they were then to be responsible to the Home Office. The East India Company also needed to be told of the decision, as its royal charter gave it the ...
And, indeed, the Daily Universal Register advised the correct situation early in January 1787, when it said that the governor had 'discretionary power to land the convicts at Botany Bay, or Norfolk Island, or elsewhere, ...
We believe the first land that two-thirds of them will reach will be the bottom of the sea, there to make their final deposit in the bosom of the great deep; and probably there will be but a dark account of the remaining third part.23 ...
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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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