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Convicts in the Colonies: Transportation Tales from Britain to Australia

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In the eighty years between 1787 and 1868 more than 160,000 men, women and children convicted of everything from picking pockets to murder were sentenced to be transported 'beyond the seas'. These convicts were destined to serve out their sentences in the empire's most remote colony: Australia. Through vivid real-life case studies and famous tales of the exceptional and ...more
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Published October 19th 2019 by Pen and Sword History
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Moon Mullins
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Convicts in the Colonies – Transportation Tales from Britain to Australia

Author – Lucy Williams
Lucy’s book details some of the stories and adventures of the 168,000 men, women and children that were convicted of various crimes in Great Britain between 1787 and 1868 and then exiled to Australia and the surrounding islands to serve out their sentences.
Comprised of 200 pages, all of the stories in this book are based on original stories, memoirs, letters or details from official records.
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Tayla McRae
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Social history isn't usually my go-to, but I found this an easy and enjoyable read. The book generally takes a sympathetic view to the people and stories it tells, and is written in a way that allows you to put yourself in their shoes. This month I am travelling to WA and NSW and am excited to see some of the places discussed in the book. It is clear that an immense amount of research has gone into this book and it pays off
Irwin
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is a book that looks deeply into the lives of some of the convicts who were sentenced in court to be transported to Botany Bay, the first colony established in New South Wales, Australia. Through their lives we learn about criminal justice and punishment in Great Britain. We delve into the places where convicts were kept, conditions on the ships that transported them across the oceans, and the dangers they faced along the way. Readers are told about life in the different colonies that were ...more
Rosie Amber
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Convicts In The Colonies: Transportation Tales From Britain To Australia is a non-fiction book.

This book covers the eighty year period from 1787 to 1868 when 168 000 convicts from Britain and Ireland were sent to Australia. This is a collection of tales about those transported; their reasons for transportation, their journeys and whether they died, survived or thrived in the harsh environment.

The author has gathered tales from men, women and children. One of my favourites was about a man who
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Weenie
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Been a long time since I read a history book and I enjoyed being educated by this one!
Rosemarie
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting collection of biographies as well as descriptions of the process from conviction to freedom.
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