"There's Gold in That Thar Penal Settlement!"
Most people would be aware that the early colonial history of Australia included major gold rushes in the 1840s and 1850s. But what few people know is that decades prior to these great discoveries, a discovery of precious gold sent ripples through the very fabric of... [click here for more]
"Some Gentlemen Prefer Crime!"
Not everyone who was sentenced to be a convict in the penal settlements came from the poorer, criminal classes of Britain. Some were wealthy men and women, sentenced to transportation sometimes because of their criminal... [click here for more]
"Better Not Shout, Better Not Cry, Something Evil is Watching the Orphans. Something hungry."
Perhaps the most vulnerable people in the penal colonies of early Australia were the (surprisingly many) unwanted and destitute children. Most roamed the streets,... [click here for more]