In the first part of his presentation, Doug Newlyn explained why the British government transported convicts to Terra Australis (later called Australia).
He introduced us to the 15 criminals , all convicted at Shrewsbury, who were part of the First Fleet which sailed in 1787. He explained how English law was imposed.
This talk follow up by considering what happened in the first few years. The immigrants were faced with no buildings, no food production, hopeless tools, lack of clothing and almost total lack of skills. They had to build everything they needed. How did they make shelters; How did they live alongside the indigenous aboriginal peoples? How did 'criminals' react to a completely hostile environment they knew nothing about.
This presentation explains how the immigrant invaders had to adjust to their new situation, the long periods of hunger, problems with gaolers and other failures and successes.
Join us on Thursday 6th April 2023 at 7.30pm
Venue: St Georges and Priorslee Parish Centre. St Georges, TF29LJ
All welcome but please note that for Non-Members of the WHG there will be a charge of £2.50.