Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016
We have posted online our March list: a selection focussed on transportation and the convict era. In addition to the early settlement accounts of Arthur Phillip and Watkin Tench, this catalogue includes a range of more unusual material such as the cover item: a wonderfully detailed satirical Gillray print; a needlework sampler referring to Botany Bay; and a late eighteenth-century chapbook. Of special interest are original documents that give an insight into the fate of convicts including a lengthy manuscript by Alexandre Dumas. The catalogue encompasses the sedition trials that sent the Scottish Martyrs to Australia in chains; and the widespread social unrest during the first decades of the nineteenth century in Britain.