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Floating prisons : Irish convict hulks and voyages to New South Wales 1823 - 1837

Author: Anne McMahon
Publisher: Ultimo, N.S.W. Halstead Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ireland was so troubled in the 1820s and 30s that gaols were overflowing. Marauding bands of Whiteboys and Ribbonmen and Rockites attacked the property of prosperous farmers and the Protestant establishment—which used harsh laws to control the Catholic labouring class. Undernourished and clad in rags, thousands of male prisoners were confined to hulks moored in the harbours of Dublin and Cork, waiting for ships to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne McMahon
ISBN: 9781925043341 1925043347
OCLC Number: 976383700
Description: pages.
Contents: Introduction: A nation, an empire and a colony --
Nineteenth century Irish penal administration --
Social conditions in Ireland, 1801-1837 --
Early transportation under the Union --
The Surprize prison hulk at Cove --
The Essex prison hulk at Kingstown --
Ships, routes and shipwrecks --
Roles and relationships during the voyages --
The surgeon superintendents --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Anne McMahon.

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"Ireland was so troubled in the 1820s and 30s that gaols were overflowing. Marauding bands of Whiteboys and Ribbonmen and Rockites attacked the property of prosperous farmers and the Protestant establishment—which used harsh laws to control the Catholic labouring class. Undernourished and clad in rags, thousands of male prisoners were confined to hulks moored in the harbours of Dublin and Cork, waiting for ships to Australia. They were grim places of violence, abuse and boredom. Looking deeply into Ireland’s penal administration, divided society, and the convict voyages, Anne McMahon draws conclusions that will change many assumptions about Australia, Ireland and the British Empire. The loss for Ireland was a boon to the Australian colonies flooded with involuntary Irish settlers: 60 shiploads from the hulks alone. Today their descendants form a substantial part of the Australian population. "--Publisher's description.

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