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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Clark wrote luridly that, at Portsmouth, 'the women convicts lolled on the decks in indescribable filth and their all too scanty clothing'.9 This false assertion is based on something Governor Arthur Phillip wrote: 'the situation in ...
... the use of them and the marines who are to go to the same place on duty, giving notice that one of the ships must be fitted up for the accommodation of the above-mentioned number of women so as to keep them separate from the men.
... for the convicts, and for some women who it is expected may be prevailed upon to come to the new settlement from the neighbourhood will amount to one thousand, and that a quantity equal to two years consumption must be provided for ...
... colony composed of men and women banished from their homeland for criminal activity might develop. Society There is no purposeful statement from August 1786 of how the Pitt administration envisaged the Botany Bay colony developing.
contact also, 'for if they have, the arms of the natives will be very formidable in their hands, the women abused, and the natives disgusted'. However, Phillip was realistic enough to understand that this ban might not be maintained ...
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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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