‘Memorandoms by James Martin’

Congratulations to AHA member Tim Causer, who has edited and introduced a new scholarly edition of the earliest Australian convict narrative, Memorandoms by James Martin, the only extant first-hand account of the escape from Australia by transported convicts James Martin, William and Mary Bryant and their two infant children, and six other male convicts on the night Read more …

The Convict’s Daughter by Kiera Lindsey

Author Kiera Lindsey ‘In Conversation’ with ABC Radio National Arts Today’s Michael Cathcart to launch The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony (Allen & Unwin). RSVP on 03 9819 1917.

The Convict’s Daughter by Kiera Lindsey

Author Kiera Lindsey ‘In Conversation’ with ABC Radio’s Sonya Feldhoff to launch The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony (Allen & Unwin). Registrations required.

The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony

Kiera Lindsey’s The Convict’s Daughter: The Scandal that Shocked a Colony (Allen & Unwin) concerns a colonial scandal that was unleashed when the daughter of two successful emancipists attempted to elope with the wayward son of Dr John Kinchela, the previous Attorney General of New South Wales. It is a wildly improbable but true melodrama Read more …

Frank the Poet: Francis MacNamara, 1811-1861

Francis MacNamara, was born in 1811 in Cashel, he claimed, in the County Tipperary, Ireland. He was transported to Botany Bay in 1832, then to Van Diemen’s Land arriving 29 October 1842, by which time he was widely known as ‘Frank the Poet’. Mark Gregory’s research project on MacNamara’s life and work is documented in Read more …

The Luck of the Irish: How a Shipload of Convicts Survived the Wreck of the Hive to Make a New Life in Australia

Babette Smith’s, The Luck of the Irish: How a Shipload of Convicts Survived the Wreck of the Hive to Make a New Life in Australia (Allen & Unwin) is a fascinating portrait of colonial life in the mid-nineteenth century that reveals how the Irish helped lay the foundations of the Australia we know today. It Read more …