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1788 : The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet - David Hill

1788

The Brutal Truth of the First Fleet

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Never before or since has there been an experiment quite as bold as this. Set against the backdrop of Georgian England with its peculiar mix of elegance, prosperity, progress and squalor, the story of the First Fleet is one of courage, of short-sightedness, of tragedy but above all of extraordinary resilience. It is also, of course, the story of the very first European Australians, reluctant pioneers who travelled into the unknown - the vast majority against their will - in order to form a colony by order of the King's government. Separated from loved ones and travelling in cramped conditions for the months-long journey to Botany Bay, they suffered the most unbearable hardship on arrival on Australian land where a near-famine dictated that rations be cut to the bone. But why was the settlement of New South Wales proposed in the first place? Who were the main players in a story that changed the world and ultimately forged the Australian nation? How did the initial skirmishes with the indigenous population break out and how did the relationship turn sour so quickly?

Using diaries, letters and official records, DAVID HILL artfully reconstructs the experiences of these famous and infamous men and women of history, combining narrative skill with an eye for detail and an exceptional empathy with the people of the past.

About The Author

During his remarkable career, DAVID HILL has been chairman then managing director of the ABC, chairman of the Australian Football Association, chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority NSW, chairman of Sydney Water Corporation and chairman of CREATE, a national organisation responsible for representing the interests of young people and children in institutional care. He is the author of the bestsellers THE FORGOTTEN CHILDREN and 1788. He lives in Sydney.

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4.0

Australian history

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    The book is a collation of first hand information from a wide variety of participants of the First Fleet. The author has portrayed the political climate and actions well and found historic documents that support the writing.

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    4.0

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        Great Book Great Service - very quick!

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        5.0

        Fantastic read!

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          Comments about 1788:

          What am amazing story of survival. If you think Australian history doesn't match up to European. Read this and be surprised.

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          4.0

          ...and you thought history was boring!

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          I've had a fascination with the story of the First Fleet for many years but never bothered to read further, apart from what I learnt at school. A recent trip to Sydney stirred my interest again and quite by chance I discovered this book at Booktopia whilst looking for another title. David Hill (ex managing director of the ABC)documents this ripping tale that almost defies belief. Starting with the reasons for shipping convicts to Australia you are lead through a chronoligical documentation of the preparations, journey and establishment of the settlement at Sydney Cove. There are many excerpts from letters, documents and court records and accounts from personal diaries. I have not had a nose stuck in a book for this long for decades. A must read for anyone interested in the story of the establishment of a colony on the other side of the world and the birth of our country, including the trials and tribulations of daily life experienced by the convicts and their masters.

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          Made History interesting and readable

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            This book made early Australian history alive.

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            "A must for your bookshelf . . . the best book I have read all year." --"News Mail"

            David Hill

            During his remarkable career, David Hill has been chairman then managing director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation; chairman of the Australian Football Association; chief executive and director of the State Rail Authority; chairman of Sydney Water Corporation; a fellow of the Sydney University Senate; and chairman of CREATE (an organisation representing Australian children in institutional care). 

            He has held a number of other executive appointments and committee chair positions in the areas of sport, transport, international radio broadcasting, international news providers, politics, fiscal management and city parks.

            David came from England to Australia in 1959 under the Fairbridge Farm School Child Migrant scheme. He left school at 15, then returned to complete his Master's degree in economics while working as an economics tutor at Sydney University. 

            In 2006 he was awarded a Diploma of Arts with merit in classical archaeology from Sydney University and subsequently graduated in classical archaeology. He is an honorary associate at the Sydney University departments of archaeology and classics and ancient history, and a visiting fellow at the University of New South Wales. 

            Since 2011 he has been the manager of an archaeological study of the ancient Greek city of Troizen. He has for many years been a leading figure in the international campaign to have the Parthenon sculptures returned from the British Museum to Greece.

            Visit David Hill's Booktopia Author Page


            ISBN: 9781741668001
            ISBN-10: 174166800X
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 400
            Published: July 2009
            Publisher: Random House Australia
            Country of Publication: AU
            Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.7
            Weight (kg): 0.29
            Edition Number: 2