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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Much of the planning was undertaken in conversations among officials at the Home Office, Treasury, Admiralty and Navy Board, and First Fleet officers such as Arthur Phillip (governor) and John White (chief surgeon).
Once under the supervision of the First Fleet officers and surgeons at Plymouth and Portsmouth, the women were bathed, clothed, fed properly and had their ... William Bowes Smyth, the surgeon on the 2 The First Fleet: The Real Story.
William Bowes Smyth, the surgeon on the Lady Penrhyn, wrote that 'few marines or soldiers going out on a foreign service under government were ever better, if so well provided for as these convicts are'. The marine officer Watkin Tench ...
... and to let a myriad specific contracts for the provision of equipment, food and clothing. It needed to have details of the 'warrant' officers – masters, carpenters, gunners, cooks, surgeons – 10 The First Fleet: The Real Story.
the 'warrant' officers – masters, carpenters, gunners, cooks, surgeons – whom it appointed to the hundreds of ships; and to maintain an army of workmen, not only at the major home yards of the Thames, Portsmouth and Plymouth, ...
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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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