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A - Z of convicts in Van Diemen's Land
A - Z of convicts in Van Diemen's Land
Barnard, Simon2014
Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in building the settlements, as well as running the new colony. Simon Barnard's A-Z of Convicts in Van Deimen's Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.