The personal stories of two men, Richard Venvill and Joseph Allen who were transported to Australia as convicts. Both were pardoned for very different reasons. The book spans the years from 1830 to 1902 and follows them through their convict years, the settlement of Port Philip, the beginnings of Melbourne,the gold rush,and other events that affected their lives.
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About the Author
Barry was born in Melbourne but grew up in Brisbane until joining the RAAF where he served for 20 years. After leaving the RAAF he lived in Darwin until retirement then moved back to Brisbane. His retirement hobby was tracing his family tree, and after finding several convict ancestors he started writing about their lives in 2005. The books were originally published in print and have sold out. New information still comes to hand, but rather than reprinting new editions he has released them as ebooks that can be easily updated.
The print books sold at cost and the ebooks are free because much of the information was contributed by other family members over the years. If casual readers enjoy the stories, that is payment enough.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have now read 3 of Barry Allan's books, about his family's ancestors in Australia, including how they got there. I found them to be very interesting and informative, much of which I did not know. Coming from England, I knew about the convits being shipped to there, but these books really explained the whys, where for, and how. I also found it interesting about early life there. I was surprised the was nothing about the encounters they must have experienced with all the poisonous insects & snakes there, having come from a country where there was essentially none. I strongly recommend all his books- well written as well Thank you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and always enjoy reading about Austrailia
Well written, and appeared to stick to the facts that could be gleaned from historical records. I enjoyed this.
Excellent narrative of the settling of Australia . Looking forward to reading The Great Adventure .
This originally read more like a text book for me, but I was drawn in to the history of Australia's settlement and the role of the convict ships. I love history of settlements and regions and enjoyed the book.