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The fatal shore : a history of the transportation of convicts to Australia, 1787-1868 /
Robert Hughes.
London : Collins Harvill, 1987, c1986.
xvi, 688 p., [42] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0002173611 :
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London : Collins Harvill, 1987, c1986.
0002173611 :
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Includes bibliographical references, p. 656-670 and index.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Age Book of the Year Award, AUS, 1987 : Won
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Appeared in Library Journal on 1986-11-01:
For 80 years between 1788 and 1868 England transported its convicts to Australia. This punishment provided the first immigrants and the work force to build the colony. Using diaries, letters, and original sources, Hughes meticulously documents this history. All sides of the story are told: the political and social reasoning behind the Transportation System, the viewpoint of the captains who had the difficult job of governing and developing the colonies, and of course the dilemma of the prisoners. This is a very thorough and accurate history of Australian colonization written by the author of the book and BBC/Time-Life TV series The Shock of the New . A definitive work that is an essential purchase for both public and academic libraries. BOMC and History Book Club main selections. Judith Nixon, Purdue Univ. Libs., W. Lafayette, Ind. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 1987-06:
Viewing the European colonization of Australia from the perspective of the participants in Britain's convict transportation system, Hughes adds a significant new understanding to Australia's history. Hughes, art critic for Time magazine, creator-narrator for the BBC/Time-Life television series, The Shock of the New (CH, Jun '81), and author of the Art of Australia (Harmondsworth, rev. ed. 1970), provides an especially well-written, observant, and richly illustrated history of the transformation of Australia's initial European culture. Hughes places emphasis on personalities and values within the contemporary institutions, and on the social strictures characteristic of Georgian and 19th-century England as well as the nascent Australian culture. This perspective provides an unusual freshness in the treatment of the colonial period. Based upon an extensive bibliography, including primary sources in Britain and Australia, Hughes's work is a major contribution to Australian scholarship as well as a superb introduction to a culture produced by a process unique in European colonization. Good maps and 24 pages of illustrations add to the quality of a work likely to be this decade's most influential study on Australian history. Public, community college, and undergraduate libraries.-L.C. Duly, Bemidji State University
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An internationally bestselling and controversial study of the convict origins of the British settlement of Australia. Australian-born author is an internationally respected art critic whose other works include 'The Shock of the New' and 'Barcelona'.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. xi
Mapsp. xvii
The Harbor and the Exilesp. 1
A Horse Foaled by an Acornp. 19
The Geographical Unconsciousp. 43
The Starvation Yearsp. 84
The Voyagep. 129
Who Were the Convicts?p. 158
Bolters and Bushrangersp. 203
Bunters, Mollies and Sable Brethrenp. 244
The Government Strokep. 282
Gentlemen of New South Walesp. 323
To Plough Van Diemen's Landp. 368
Metastasisp. 425
Norfolk Islandp. 460
Toward Abolitionp. 485
A Special Scourgep. 523
The Aristocracy Be Wep. 561
The End of the Systemp. 581
Governors and Chief Executives of New South Wales, 1788-1855p. 607
Chief Executives of Van Diemen's Land, 1803-53p. 607
Secretaries of State for the Colonies, 1794-1855p. 608
Abbreviationsp. 609
Notesp. 611
Bibliographyp. 656
Indexp. 671
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