Following the military defeat of the Canadian rebels in 1837, some were executed but most of the rebels were banished without trial to Australia. In all, 141 political prisoners were transported, slightly more than half to Tasmania and the remainder to New South Wales. Their presence as convicts in the Longbottom Stockade in Concord, Sydney is recalled by the names of Exile Bay, France Bay and Canada Bay. The “Canadian exile” printings have always been keenly collected: altogether nine accounts by individual exiles were published, and all of them are rare today. Two of these accounts, by Louis Léandre Ducharme (pictured) and François Xavier Prieur are included in our latest catalogue, a selection of voyage accounts to Australia, from a private collection.
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