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Main Title: The First Fleet : the real story / Alan Frost. Book Cover
Author: Frost, Alan, 1943-
Imprint: Collingwood, Vic. : Black Inc., c2011.
Collation: xii, 259 p. : maps, pbk ; 24 cm.
Summary: In 1787 a convoy of eleven ships, carrying about 1500 people, set out from England for Botany Bay. According to the conventional account, it was a shambolic affair: under-prepared, poorly equipped and ill-disciplined. Robert Hughes condemned the organisers' 'muddle and lack of foresight', while Manning Clark described scenes of 'indescribable misery and confusion'.In The First Fleet: The Real Story, Alan Frost draws on previously forgotten records to debunk these persistent myths. He shows that the voyage was in fact meticulously planned -- reflecting its importance to the British government's secret ambitions for imperial expansion. He examines the ships and supplies, passengers and behind-the-scenes discussions. In the process, he reveals the hopes and schemes of those who planned the voyage, and the experiences of those who made it.
Subject: First Fleet, 1787-1788
ISBN: 9781863955294 (pbk.)
Includes index.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 994.02 FRO Available