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Botany Bay [Paperback]

Con Costello
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Feb 1996
This is the story of 45,000 Irish convicts (men and women) transported to Australia between 1791 and 1853. The book investigates the social background of the period and the procedures under which the accused were tried, imprisoned and transported. A good number of them eventually became prosperous and influential. The Irish contribution to the making of Australia has been acknowledged and celebrated in recent times.

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd; New edition edition (Feb 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853428085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853428084
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 800,928 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I finished this book on the third attempt. The structure is somewhat confusing until you understand it. Firstly, it is written chronologically. Secondly, it is organised into Chapters that reflect groups/roles. Thirdly, it consists of many, many micro-portraits, stories of between a couple of sentences and perhaps 1 and half pages. This does given a flavour of the whole experience - which is excellent, but does bewilder. I personally believe it is due to documentary evidence being so diverse, and perhaps sparce, that it was written as a bit of a patchwork quilt. I would have preferred more structure and summaries, particularly of key characters such as Dr Trevor, Dr Ullathorne, Bourke, Bligh etc. However, there is no doubt it is of great educational value, and the information in it is of course genuinely shocking and disturbing, and should be more widely known. At the level of social commentary, and interpretative history, it is excellent and is deserving of great respect. As a piece of interest-grabbing reading, it is perhaps somewhat lacking in style and flair (but, heh - AJP Taylor can send you to sleep and he's the greatest!).
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