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Memorandoms by James Martin

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An Astonishing Escape from Early New South Wales
Among the vast body ofmanuscripts composed and collected by the philosopher and reformer JeremyBentham (1748-1832), held by UCL Library's Special Collections, is the earliestAustralian convict narrative, Memorandomsby James Martin. This document also happens to be the only extantfirst-hand account of the most well-known, and most mythologized, escape fromAustralia by transported convicts.On the night of 28 March1791, James Martin, William and Mary Bryant and their two infant children, andsix other male convicts, stole the colony's fishing boat and sailed out ofSydney Harbour. Within ten weeks they had reached Kupang in West Timor, having,in an amazing feat of endurance, travelled over 3,000 miles (c. 5,000)kilometres) in an open boat. There they passed themselves off as the survivorsof a shipwreck, a ruse which-initially, at least-fooled their Dutch hosts.This new edition of the Memorandoms includes full colourreproductions of the original manuscripts, making available for the first timethis hugely important document, alongside a transcript with commentarydescribing the events and key characters. The book also features a scholarlyintroduction which examines their escape and early convict absconding in NewSouth Wales more generally, and, drawing on primary records, presents newresearch which sheds light on the fate of the escapees after they reachedKupang. The introduction also assesses the voluminous literature on this mostfamous escape, and critically examines the myths and fictions created around itand the escapees, myths which have gone unchallenged for far too long. Finally,the introduction briefly discusses Jeremy Bentham's views on convicttransportation and their enduring impact.
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  • ISBN: 9781911576846
  • Uitgave: UCL Press
  • Jaar van uitgave: 2017
  • Taal: Engels
  • Bladzijden: 204
  • Artikelnummer: 62996667
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