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Convict Workers: Reinterpreting Australia's Past Hardcover – Aug 25 1989

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st edition (Aug. 25 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521361265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521361262
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
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Convict Workers offers an interesting interpretation of Australia's convict past. The convicts sent to Australia were not professional criminals, but ordinary British and Irish men and women. They brought with them a diverse range of useful work skills, essential to the forging of a new economy and society.

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Every Aussie knows that the first European settlers were involuntary. But in our history books, convicts are often a nameless bunch. What was life really like for them? The contributors to this book attempt to reach back into musty archives and reconstruct a bicentennial past.

Various aspects of convict life are treated. Including how female convicts fared in a society with far more men than women. For most convicts, conditions were often hard, especially in the early years, when starvation was a real threat.

However, in total, it was still better to be a convict than an African slave brought to the Americas. Convicts who served their sentences were freed and often prospered.