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Convict Colony: The Remarkable Story of the Fledgling Settlement That Survived Against the Odds

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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 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 the natives, 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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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 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 the natives, 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.

43 review for Convict Colony: The Remarkable Story of the Fledgling Settlement That Survived Against the Odds

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    This is a very well written account of how Australia was settled and the trials and tribulations they faced. If you have an interest in the subject you will enjoy this book. Having a handful of convict ancestors I found it a fascinating read, and one of my 7th great-grandfathers even rates one mention.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Farr

    A riveting read about the early colony of New South Wales and the beginnings of European settlement of Australia.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alice Woods

    Really enjoyed this book, sad in some parts. Recommend this book for someone interested in their Ancestirs. Really enjoyed this book, sad in some parts. Recommend this book for someone interested in their Ancestirs. 😊

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fritzov

    This book about the founding of Australia started out top class but then got a bit boring so it ends up to a 3 star book.

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