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A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land

  • Winner - The Children's Book Council of Australia Eve Pownall Award for Information Books, 2015 award
  • Longlisted - Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes, 2015 award
  • Shortlisted - NSW Premier’s Young People’s History Prize, 2015

Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of the newly established colony.

A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land by Simon Bernard is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.

This large format book offers spectacular illustrations, each one carefully drawn in meticulous detail from contemporary records, bringing this extraordinary history to life.

Simon Barnard
Published 2014
88 pages
ISBN 9781922079343

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