Sydney Cove 1789-1790: Volume II

Sydney Cove 1789-1790: Volume II

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Diary of a starving settlement

Sydney Cove 1789-1790: Volume II

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This book is the diary of a starving settlement. Within months of the First Fleet's arrival at Sydney Cove in January 1788, Governor Phillip had become anxious about provisions. By 1789 the shortage was serious: rations had been reduced, and H.M.S. Sirius had been sent to the Cape of Good Hope for grain and flour. The situation was to grow worse. By 1790 the ration was so low that convicts were put to work in the mornings only. Thefts of food were seriously punished, and sentences of 300 lashes were common.

About a thousand people landed from the First Fleet. Within a year there had been nearly a hundred deaths and desertions and nearly thirty births. Cohabitation with female convicts was frequent. The book tells the story of the colony just as it happened, in day-by-day reports that have all the immediacy and vividness of a good newspaper. Every event noted in contemporary journals and documents is concisely set down under the date on which it occurred. The book is alive with the tone and temper of the period; it can be enjoyed both for its human interest and for its value as historical documentation.

Hard cover, 353 pgs, bibliography, index. Very good, spine of jacket discoloured. .

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Short Description Diary of a starving settlement
Weight (g) 723.0000
Author John Cobley
Publisher Angus&Robertson
Date Published 1963
ISBN 0207141711
Size 224mm x 145mm

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