Gaolbird: The True Story of William Swallow, Convict and Pirate
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.
Reading age: 9+
About the Author
Simon Barnard was born and grew up in Launceston, Tasmania. He is a writer, illustrator and collector of colonial artifacts. He won the CBCA Eve Pownall Award for Information Books in 2015 for his first book, A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land. His second book, Convict Tattoos, was published in August 2016 and Gaolbird was published in 2017. Simon lives in Melbourne.Simon Barnard
Published 31st July 2017
305mm x 237mm