The First Fleet: The Real Story
In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1500 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.
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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