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A Desperate Set of Villains

A Desperate Set of Villains: The Convicts of the Marquis Cornwallis, Ireland to Botany Bay, 1796, by Barbara Hall

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A contemporary source called them the refuse and sweepings of the Irish jails. The Marquis Cornwallis transported 244 Irish male and female prisoners aged from 12 to 65 to Botany Bay in 1796, effectively exiling most of them from their homeland for the term of their natural lives.

With extensive use of archival records and Irish newspapers, Barbara Hall has chronicled their lives. From James Don Butler alias Captain Fearnought, to Thomas Henry, the quondam turnkey, to Catherine Kearney, a very seditious, troublesome character, each story is as authentic and colourful as it is compelling. Many original crimes and trials have been traced. Their colonial biographies have been reconstructed, giving fascinating insight into their character, physical appearance, family life, friendships and the social structure that was the early penal colony of New South Wales.

What our customers say: “My congratulations – a great achievement!” – Keith Johnson, Past President, Society of Australian Genealogists

Pages: 288. Includes index.

1st edition published 2000; 2nd edition published 2003; 3rd edition published 2005.

ISBN: 978-0-646-39361-2.

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