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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Nonetheless, both these men knew a great deal about it; and they often took steps ahead of the necessary formalities. For example, in December 1786, somewhat irritated that Nepean had questioned his proposed disposition of people and ...
However, it was not necessary for him to attend these meetings to know what the ministers were thinking. Inevitably, he was in close contact with Sydney, and, as we shall see, also with William Pitt, the Prime Minister.
Acquaint Mr Nepean also that when my Lords are informed of the particulars of the quantities and kinds of merchandize which it will be necessary to put on board the ship ofwar or tender previous to their sailing, my Lords will order the ...
They were to be provided with the necessary tools and equipment. 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 ...
... number of convicts, in order to remove the inconvenience which arose from the crowded state of the jails in different parts of the kingdom; and you will, I doubt not, take such farther measures as may be necessary for this purpose.
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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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