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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... should have been a month at sea one of the transports would have been converted into a hospital ship. —David Collins, An Account ofthe English Colony in New South Wales, 1798 The Voyage ofthe First Fleet.
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Surprising as it is, this is the first extended study ofthe mounting of the First Fleet that carried the officials, marines and convicts who began the British colonization of New South Wales in 1788. It is based on some 2000 documents ...
Shaw, too, comprehensively panned the organization of the venture: 'No farmers were sent out, ... and had at last rested within a few days sail ofthe antipodes ofour native country, without meeting any accident in a fleet of eleven sail ...
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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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