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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People 2: Ships' Crews, Marines, Convicts, Wives and Children 5. The Ships 6. Equipping the Colonists 7. Loading the Ships and Embarking the People Part Three: Preparing to Sail 8. AtPortsmouth 9. Preparing Bodiesfor the Voyage Part ...
... 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.
Comprising eleven ships – two Royal Navy ships, six convict transports and three storeships – it wasn't really a 'fleet'. A more accurate characterization would be 'squadron' or, better, 'convoy'. Still, 'fleet' is how it is known in ...
It would have been impossible for Phillip and his officers to have achieved this success if the ships were as poorly equipped and provisioned as the historians have claimed. Behind such individual errors lies an abiding fault in the ...
A.K. Cavanagh's account ofthe return of the ships is precise, but deals only with that aspect. Only two previous studies have been soundly based. The first is that by Charles Bateson (1959, 2nd ed. 1969), but his concern was solely with ...
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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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