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Gaolbird: The True Story of William Swallow, Convict and Pirate


Reading age: 9+

It’s 23 October 1821 and convict William Swallow stands on the deck of the Malabar for muster. He is wearing a canary yellow convict uniform and his legs are chained. He’s just completed the 121-day sea voyage from London to Hobart Town, but his wild and audacious adventures have barely begun.

He’ll soon ditch the convict uniform and the chains, take part in a mutiny, become a pirate captain and fool the world in what just might be the most outrageous and unbelievable true story in Australia’s convict history.

Simon Barnard
Published 31st July 2017
40 Pages
305mm x 237mm
ISBN: 9781925498172

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