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A commonwealth of thieves : the improbable birth of Australia, Thomas Keneally

Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the improbable birth of Australia
Title
A commonwealth of thieves
Title remainder
the improbable birth of Australia
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Keneally
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Drawing on historical documents and journals, with the authority of a historian and the narrative grace of a novelist, Keneally recounts the founding of the first penal colony in Australia in 1788. At the center of the story is Arthur Phillips, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy assigned the formidable task of organizing the expedition to Australia and establishing a colony comprised mainly of unskilled and malcontent criminals and petty thieves, many determined to overcome their pasts and begin anew. Keneally re-creates the grueling overseas voyage, a hellish journey that claimed many lives. As governor, Phillips took on the challenges of dealing with unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, a bewildered, sometimes hostile native population, as well as such serious matters as food shortages and disease. In the end Phillips emerges as a governor driven by a yearning for recognition and advancement, yet possessed of a social conscience rare for his time.--From publisher description
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keneally, Thomas
Dewey number
994.02
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DU99
LC item number
.K46 2006
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Phillip, Arthur
  • Prisoners
  • Convict ships
  • Penal colonies
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Governors
  • Australia
  • Australia
Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the improbable birth of Australia, Thomas Keneally
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0624/2006044470-s.html
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: Milson Point, NSW : Random House Australia, 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-367) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
385 pages
Isbn
9780385514590
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2006044470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)65207155
  • (OCoLC)ocm65207155
  • 976599
Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the improbable birth of Australia, Thomas Keneally
Link
http://catdir.loc.gov/catdir/enhancements/fy0624/2006044470-s.html
Publication
Note
Originally published: Milson Point, NSW : Random House Australia, 2005
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-367) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
385 pages
Isbn
9780385514590
Isbn Type
(alkaline paper)
Lccn
2006044470
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)65207155
  • (OCoLC)ocm65207155
  • 976599

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