Bibliography: p. 166-172.
Between 1791 and 1853 about 45,000 Irish convicts - men and women - were transported to Australia. the majority in the 212 convict ships which sailed from Dublin or the cove of York. In Botany Bay, Con Costello investigates the social background of the period and the procedures under which the accused were tried, imprisoned and transported. A grim picture emerges of life in the prisons, hulks and convict ships. On arrival in Australia the bewildered transportees faced further hardship and prejudice. But this is not all a story of depression and degradation. The bulk of the men and women found a tolerable life in the new land. A good number of them became prosperous and encouraged their families to join them in Australia. The major Irish contribution to the making of Australian has been acknowledged and celebrated in recent times. Botany Bay is an engrossing account of a fascinating aspect of Irish History.
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