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1788 : The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet: The Biggest Single Overseas Migration the World Has Ever Seen,9781741668001

1788 : The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet: The Biggest Single Overseas Migration the World Has Ever Seen

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ISBN13:

9781741668001

ISBN10:
174166800X
Format:
Trade Paper
Pub. Date:
2/23/2010
Publisher(s):
Random House Australia
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Summary

Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress, and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, shortsightedness, tragedy, but above all, extraordinary resilience. Separated from loved ones and traveling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, the first European Australians suffered the most unbearable hardship upon arrival on Australian land, where a near famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. Questions such as Why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place?andWho were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation?are answered using diaries, letters, and official records. Artfully reconstructing the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, this book combines narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past.

Author Biography

David Hill is the author of The Forgotten Children.


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