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The Fatal Shore

The Fatal Shore


An extraordinary account of the birthpangs of a nation and the convict settlement of Australia. 

In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonise Australia. An epic description of the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian Britain into a horrific penal system which was to be the precursor to the Gulag and was the origin of Australia. The Fatal Shore is the prize-winning, scholarly, brilliantly entertaining narrative that has given its true history to Australia.

Robert Hughes
Published 2003
688 pages
ISBN 9780099448549

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