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Title:THE GIRL FROM BOTANY BAY The True Story of the Convict Mary Broad and Her Extraordinary Escape
Price:AUD$15.00 (about USD$10.10)
Item ID:MA00-10767
Publisher:MacMillan, Australia, 2004
Binding:Paper Back
Condition:Near Fine
MacMillan, 2004, Paper Back, Book Condition: Near Fine, First

This book is light, and postage will be reduced for shipment. In 1791, three years after being transported to Botany Bay with the First Fleet, Mary Broad - highway robber, wife and mother of two - achieved the impossible. With her husband and children and a group of desperate fellow convicts, she escaped the fledgling colony by stealingan open boat and sailing it from Sydney to the Dutch East Indies. For several months the fugitives enjoyed their freedom, until a betrayal led to their capture and arrangements were made to ship them back to England and the gallows. Yet tales of the astonishing escape preceded Mary to London, andpublic sympathy was further aroused with the news that tragedy had befallen her family. When her case was taken up by James Boswell, a celebrity of the London literary world since the publication of his bestselling biography of Dr Johnson, events took a remarkable turn. Critically acclaimed historian Carolly Erickson has brought Mary's story vividly to life, illuminating the horrors of transportationand the hardships of the early penal settlement, and describing in gripping detail the extraordinary story of her escape. The Girl from Botany Bay combines all the fascination of ourearly history with page-turning drama. ; 230 x 155mm; 218 pages
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