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Convict colony : the remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds / David Hill.

Convict colony : the remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds / David Hill.

The British plan to settle Australia was a high-risk venture. We now take it for granted that the first colony was the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies, and New South Wales nearly joined them. The motley crew of unruly marines and bedraggled convicts who arrived at Botany Bay in 1788 in leaky boats nearly starved to death. They could easily have been murdered by hostile locals, been overwhelmed by an attack from French or Spanish expeditions, or brought undone by the Castle Hill uprising of 1804. Yet through fortunate decisions, a few remarkably good leaders, and most of all good luck, Sydney survived and thrived. Bestselling historian David Hill tells the story of the first three decades of Britain's earliest colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.

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Date Barcode Shelf Location Collection Volume Ref. Branch Status Due Date Reserve
17 Dec 2019 200374897 994.41 HIL
History - Adult Non Fiction   Batemans Bay . . On Loan . 29 Feb 2020
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Shelf Location 994.41 HIL
Author Hill, David, 1947-
Title Convict colony : the remarkable story of the fledgling settlement that survived against the odds / David Hill.
Publication Details Crows Nest, New South Wales : Allen & Unwin, 2019.
Description xi, 356 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm.
Notes The British plan to settle Australia was a high-risk venture. We now take it for granted that the first colony was the basis of one of the most successful nations in the world today. But in truth, the New World of the 18th century was dotted with failed colonies, and New South Wales nearly joined them. The motley crew of unruly marines and bedraggled convicts who arrived at Botany Bay in 1788 in leaky boats nearly starved to death. They could easily have been murdered by hostile locals, been overwhelmed by an attack from French or Spanish expeditions, or brought undone by the Castle Hill uprising of 1804. Yet through fortunate decisions, a few remarkably good leaders, and most of all good luck, Sydney survived and thrived. Bestselling historian David Hill tells the story of the first three decades of Britain's earliest colony in Australia in a fresh and compelling way.
Subject Penal colonies -- History -- Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- History
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- Colonization -- History
Sydney (N.S.W.) -- History -- 1788-1851
Australia -- History -- 1788-1851
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