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The Commandant

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In the 1830s, the penal settlement of Moreton Bay on the Brisbane River is under the command of Patrick Logan. His administration has been denounced by the liberal press in Sydney, but he scorns such criticism. How can it harm him when he had governed according to the rules?

Flogged and brutalised, some convicts escape to the bush and take refuge with the Aborigines.

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320 pages
Published (first published 1975)
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Dec 30, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
I came across The Commandant by chance. I picked up a copy, that was sitting in a pile of damaged books, as I ate my lunch one day and was intrigued by this fictionalisation of the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement (ie Brisbane) in the 1830s. All I knew of Logan (the Commandant of the title) was from my Year 5 Australian History classes, of which "he was a cruel, cruel man" and "the man who Logan Road is named after" are the only memories that remain. I was captivated from the first scene, not only b ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Kerry-Lynne rated it it was amazing

This is a book about Power, Duty, Humanity, Woman's place in Society and History, the role of the Press in driving or reflecting social change and Mercy.
The story is set in Moreton Bay penal settlement around 1830.
Our hero, Frances,[just 17 years of age] is visiting her sister Letty who is married to the Commandant,Patrick Logan.
Frances brings with her the changing views of society on Punishment, Reform, Duty and Mercy. She is not afraid to question Power or indeed herself. She is sympathetic w
Philip Lane
This is quite a good story and in some ways reminded me of E.M.Forster as there was a brooding darkness. My main problem I suppose was that it just seemed to fizzle out and I was uncertain about the truth about the protaganist's fate. I couldn't really decide whether The Commandant was merely fulfilling orders or acting as a tinpot tyrant. It is certain that at least his wife is only interested in maintaining his good name regardless of a reality, but it seems that this has mercurial motives as ...more
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