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Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia’s First Colony

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John Hirst

John Hirst was a member of the History Department at La Trobe University from 1968 to 2007. He has written many books on Australian history, including Convict Society and Its Enemies, The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy, The Sentimental …

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Praise for Freedom on the Fatal Shore

‘Colonial Australia was a more ‘normal’ place than one might imagine from the folkloric picture of society governed by the lash and the triangle, composed of groaning white slaves tyrannised by ruthless masters. The book that best conveys this and has rightly become a landmark in recent studies of the System is J.B. Hirst’s Convict Society and Its Enemies.’ —Robert Hughes, The Fatal Shore


‘Anyone with an interest in Australian political culture will find The Strange Birth of Colonial Democracy invaluable.’ —Professor Colin Hughes, former Electoral Commissioner for the Commonwealth

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