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 marine officer Watkin Tench recorded that 'the provisions served on board were good, and of a much superior quality to those usually supplied by contract'. When the colonists were at last on land at Sydney, David Collins, ...
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.
... the expedition should receive more medical supplies, Middleton advised Nepean that he had 'given directions agreeable to [your] letter concerning provisions, essence of malt, wine etc., trusting to official authority in due time'.
... Treasury together with a copy of the Heads of a Plan, the three enclosures to that plan, and another two enclosures, as outlined in Sydney's letter: 1. • Estimate of provisions to be provided for the intended 17 AnnouncingtheDecision.
Estimate of provisions to be provided for the intended settlement on the coast of New South Wales • Staff establishment for the settlement at New South Wales • Messrs Turnbull, Macaulay and T. Gregory's letter of 21 August 1786 ...
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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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