• The Floating Brothel, Sian Rees, Book Review
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    The Floating Brothel

    The Floating Brothel: The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts This true historical story details, for the first time, the story of the female convicts of the Lady Julian, which set sail from England in 1789 and arrived in the Sydney Cove colony a year later. It is a lively, vivid romp of a read, expanding upon the stories of these women’s journeys in a way much more commonly seen in historical fiction. Whilst the relegation of the female convicts to objects to be bought and sold is grating, this book provides another fascinating insight into the early history of the colony and…

  • The Secret River, Kate Grenville, Book Review
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    The Secret River

    The Secret River tells the story of William Thornhill, a convict transported to Australia in 1806 for stealing and his relationship with the Darug people, the aboriginal people and traditional owners of the land surrounding the Hawkesbury River where he attempts to settle. This river was inspired by the family history of the author and is a fascinating insight into Australian history. For more book reviews on convict history in Australia, check out The Floating Brothel When I arrived in Australia, I felt overwhelmingly ill-informed regarding the history of the indigenous people, especially since the arrival of the first fleet in 1788. I’ve been attempting to learn as much as…