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Title: The Fatal Shore A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia 17870-1868
Description: Great Britain, Guild Publis, 1987. Reprint, Binding: Cloth, Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 0002173611 Harback Harback First D/J faded .The idea for this book occured to me in 1974, when I was working on a series of television documentatires about Australian art. On location in Port Arthur, among the ruins of the great penitentiary and its out-buildings, I realized that like nearly all other Australians I knew little about the convict past of my own country. The desire to forget about our felon origins began with the origins themselves. To call a convict a convict in early colonial Australia was an insult certain to raise colonial hackles. I have tried, as far as possible, to see the System from below, through convicts's testimony - in letters,depositions, petitions and memoirs - about their own experiences. Much of this material is hitherto unpublished, and much more awaits study. This book is largely about what they tells us of their suffering and survival, their aspiration and resistance, their fears of exile and their reconciliation to the once-unimagined land they and their children would claim as their own.


Price: GBP 15.00 = appr. US$ 21.42 Seller: The London Bookworm
- Book number: 100080

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