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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Loading the Ships and Embarking the People Part Three: Preparing to Sail 8. AtPortsmouth 9. Preparing Bodiesfor the Voyage Part Four: The Voyage 10. Leaving the World Part Five: The Cost 11. No CheaperMode?
... for in the above space of time we had sailed five thousand and twenty-one leagues; had touched at the American and ... a few days' sail of the antipodes of our native country, without meeting any accident in a fleet of eleven sail, ...
... for in the above space of time we had sailed five thousand and twenty-one leagues;16 had touched at the American ... and had at last rested within a few days sail ofthe antipodes ofour native country, without meeting any accident in ...
In the first half of 1784, Phillip was sailing back from India, reaching England again in late April. From October 1784 into 1785, Nepean had Phillip spying in France. In October 1785, he again obtained leave to travel in France – i.e., ...
Similarly, the marine 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. The documentary record I have assembled allows a much more ...
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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
Preparing Bodiesfor the Voyage
Leaving the World