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The Commonwealth of Thieves: The Story of the Founding of Australia
In late-18th-century Britain, people were hanged for petty offences, yet crime was rife. The gaols were bursting and over-flow prisoners were kept in notorious 'hulks': rotting old ships moored offshore. Out of this situation was born the 'solution' - 'The Sydney Experiment': criminals perceived to 'damage' British society would be transported to Australia. Thus Sydney was founded as 'an open-air prison' with 'walls 14,000 miles thick'.
ISBN 13: 9780099483748 | ISBN 10: 0099483742
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