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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I have told the story ofthis gathering in Botany Bay: The Real Story (Black Inc., Melbourne, 2011). While this long process may reflect no particular merit except persistence, it is also true that such a study as this could not properly ...
Campbell then told how he went to the Admiralty and the Public Record Office in search of information about Phillip's appointment, only to draw a complete blank. Mystifyingly, he therefore concluded, 'This all tends to show ... that Sir ...
... somewhat irritated that Nepean had questioned his proposed disposition of people and stores on the ships, Middleton told him, 'I trust and hope that when any business of this kind is agitated again, that I may have some notice ofit ...
The East India Company also needed to be told of the decision, as its royal charter gave it the exclusive monopoly of all British trade in the vast region between the Cape of Good Hope and the coasts of the Americas.
In early October, William Richards, who was supplying the transports, told Pitt that 'the whole interest of a certain set of gentlemen that are materially affected by its adoption, have been employed to thwart every means of its being ...
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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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