Thursday, 30 October 2014

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land


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Intended Audience: Year 5 & Year 9 History Teachers

A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land by Simon Barnard, published by Text Publishing, available now.   Hardback, $45.

Seventy-three thousand convicts were transported to the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land in the first half of the nineteenth century. They played a vital role in the building of the settlements, as well as the running of the newly established colony.

Simon Barnard's A–Z of Convicts in Van Diemen's Land is a rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members. Their sentences, punishments, achievements and suffering make for fascinating reading.

And the spectacular illustrations, each one carefully drawn in meticulous detail from contemporary records, bring this extraordinary history to life.

Review quotes:

'Simon Barnard brings Tasmania's remarkable convict story to life.'
James Boyce, author of Van Diemen's Land

'A rich and compelling account of the lives of the men, women and children who were transported to Tasmania for crimes ranging from stealing bread to poisoning family members.'
Australian Education Union Magazine

'A lively, detailed and richly illustrated account of the lives of convicts sent to Van Diemen's land.'
Herald Sun and The Mercury

Intended Audience: History Teachers: Year 5 (The Australian Colonies) and Year 9 (Movement of People)

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