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Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia’s First Colony

Hirst, J. B. (John Bradley), 1942-2016
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Convict society and its enemies : a history of early New South Wales
The strange birth of colonial democracy : New South Wales 1848-1884.
FREEDOM ON THE FATAL SHORE brings together John Hirst’s two books on the early history of New South Wales. Both are classic accounts which have had a profound effect on the understanding of our history. This combined edition includes a new foreword by the author. Convicts with their own time , convicts with legal rights, convicts making money, convicts getting drunk: what sort of prison was this? Hirst describes how the convict colony actually worked and how Australian democracy came into being, despite the opposition of the most powerful. He writes: This was not a society that had to become free; its freedoms were well established from the earliest times.
“Being Convict society and its enemies: a history of early New South Wales (1983), The strange birth of colonial democracy: New South Wales 1848-1884 (1988)”
Penal colonies — Great Britain. | Convicts — New South Wales — Social conditions. | Democracy — New South Wales — History. | New South Wales — Exiles. | New South Wales — Social life and customs — 1788-1851. | New South Wales — Politics and government — 1851-1891.
Hirst, J. B. (John Bradley), 1942- Convict society and its enemies : a history of early New South Wales | Hirst, J. B. (John Bradley), 1942- Strange birth of colonial democracy : new South Wales 1848-1884
xi, 497 p. : ill.; 24 cm. #170422 (Name blacked out on half-title)

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AuthorHirst, J. B. (John Bradley), 1942-2016
Number of pagesxi, 497 p. : ill.; 24 cm.
PublisherBlack Inc.
Year Published2008
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