I thoroughly enjoyed the book which covers the first four years of the fledgling birth of the nation I think aborigines might argue that one starting in 1786 just a few years after James Cook had first come across it. Click on the Google Preview image above to read some pages of this book! He tried to be fair in his dealings with convicts and military men. On the swampy shores of Botany Bay, and by the sandstone coves of Sydney Harbour, the clash of civilisations was ineviteable, intense and often tragic. You can help Wikipedia by. On the swampy shores of Botany Bay, and by the sandstone coves of Sydney Harbour, the clash of civilisations was ineviteable, intense and often tragic.
The core of the account centers around the first governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip. I felt he represented the latter's view intelligently and compassionately without painting the Europeans as complete or constant villains. But no, Keneally has track record and is above other authors' multiple rewrites. In 1786 Arthur Phillip of the Royal Nacy was assigned to organize an expedition to Australia to establish a penal colony. I know I'm not supposed to sleep in class. The End, Epilogue, Look what happened to these Europeans' descendants! Keneally also reveals the horrible conditions under which the prisoners were transported to Port Jackson, after discovering Botany Bay was unsuitable for habitation, and the establishment of the settlement that eventually became Sydney.
Thanks for supporting an Australian owned and operated business! Once received we make sure it is in perfect condition and then send it to you via the Australia Post eParcel service, which includes online tracking. What use would you put it to? The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of Australia Author Language Published 2005 2006 The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of Australia is a popular history book written by published in 2006. Impeccably researched and told in the inimitable Keneally style, The Commonwealth of Thieves is the compelling tale of a nation's beginning, its unforgettable people and their quest for identity. And I could understand the lack of juicy bits had you this been a scholarly work that focused on a simple thesis and extrapolated data and present us with primary and secondary documents, but this was not the case either. Sometimes he throws out teasers that we are too weary to wait around for answers: 'Mary would come to pay such a phenomenal price of loyalty to her spouse.
Keneally uses his novelist's skill to construct a lively mosaic from contemporary accounts. Uniform tanning of the text block edges and pages with a few foxing splotches to the text block edges. So, I was excited to get into this. I particularly found the background information about England at the time to be very interesting e. There's a lot of dislike for this book from other readers and I can't figure out why. One wonders if perhaps the best course would be to offer a bunch of prisoners a wise governor, and a second chance upon a distant, sunburnt land.
For the next thirty years, a number of parliamentarians would attack transportation using Bentham's arguments. That being said, however, it was extremely informative and provided a deeper perspective of Australia's birth that I did not have previously. As governor of the colony, Phillip took on the challenges of dealing with unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, a bewildered, sometimes hostile native population, as well as such serious matters as food shortages and disease. I was going back and forth between 1 and 2 stars. Britain's penal experiment succeeded against all odds. In this spirited history of the remarkable first four years of the convict settlement of Australia, Thomas Keneally offers us a human view of a fascinating piece of history.
It was certainly worth my time. When that was no longer possible, the British government began looking to other places to unload the excess prison population. Miraculously, the fleet reached the shores of what was then called New South Wales in 1788, and after much trial and error, the crew managed to set up a rudimentary yet vibrant settlement. For instance, the least I had expected would be covered was the establishment of the second Australia penal colony in Van Deimen's Land which was in many ways more successful no convicts ever escaped Van Diemen's land, something which could not be said for Sydney. It covers the term of Sydney's founding Governor Arthur Phillip , but doesn't use Phillip as a focus for the narrative. And though I'd never heard of him before, if Bennelong isn't one of the most profoundly powerful men in the history of building a continent, I don't know who is. With that said, it is a dense read and Keneally tends to have some very long sentences.
I think most people know that New South Wales Australia was used as a way to lesson the prison populations. Moving beyond Phillip, Keneally offers captivating portrayals of Aborigines, who both aided and opposed Phillip, and of the settlers, including convicts who were determined to overcome their pasts and begin anew. So the English government decided to undertake the unprecedented move of shipping off its convicts to a largely unexplored landmass at the other end of the world. I liked how the author situated the establishment of the penal colony of New South Wales in the context of the development of capitalism, explaining why there was such an explosion of petty crime in Britain at the time and why the authorities responded to it in such a draconian manner. From this improbable beginning, through famine, drought, escapes and floggings, the glory of modern Sydney was born.
It's more of a calendared narrative of the circumstances and details of the felons transported, and the impact New South Wales had on the Aborigines. Yet the rejects of Britain, accompanied only by a flimsy complement of soldiers, marines and officers, were expected to start a settlement and flourish. For those who haven't read before about Australia's founding as this reviewer it was a discovery of continental proportions. Keneally, but I didn't hear a word you said after 'the'. It covers the term of Sydney's founding Governor Arthur Phillip , but doesn't use Phillip as a focus for the narrative. And considering what happened on some of the ships that carried convicts over, you can't blame them.