ebook ∣ The Penal Settlements That Created Australia · Australian Timelines
By Kenneth Muir
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The story of modern Australia's beginnings is inextricably linked to 160 000 people who came to this land as convicts.
Here we see how a nation was founded not on free settlement or immigration, but by criminal offenders who were transported to a 'land beyond the sea'. Many went on to create new lives for themselves. Follow the story of greed, brutality, inhumanity, and occasional decency as a small group of people learn to cope with an environment utterly alien to them.
This is how Australia grew into a prosperous nation from the cheap labour of so many hapless convicts who had little say in their destiny.