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Convicts being transported To Australia. Australia became the politically expedient safety valve for Britain's overpopulated jails. These were fit to burst after American colonies slammed the door on British deportees after the American War of Independence in 1776.    In 1787, the first 11 ships carrying convicts to Australia – known as the First Fleet – set sail for New South Wales, arriving eight months later.

Website reveals secrets of convicts sent to Australia

Convicts being transported To Australia. Australia became the politically expedient safety valve for Britain's overpopulated jails. These were fit to burst after American colonies slammed the door on British deportees after the American War of Independence in 1776. In 1787, the first 11 ships carrying convicts to Australia – known as the First Fleet – set sail for New South Wales, arriving eight months later.

THEN & THEN. Sydney Cove/Circular Quay from Dawes Point 1820s and 1870s. [1820s-OSA Facebook>1870s-State Library NSW. By Les de Belin]

THEN & THEN. Sydney Cove/Circular Quay from Dawes Point 1820s and 1870s. [1820s-OSA Facebook>1870s-State Library NSW. By Les de Belin]

Discover Sydney's buried history, a fresh water stream that was discovered in…

Discover Sydney's buried history, a fresh water stream that was discovered in…

William Bligh, captain of the legendary HMS Bounty, was born on this day in 10 September 1754.

William Bligh, captain of the legendary HMS Bounty, was born on this day in 10 September 1754.

Eugene von Guérard, 'I have got it'. Ballarat,1854, State Library of Victoria...gold panning

Eugene von Guérard, 'I have got it'. Ballarat,1854, State Library of Victoria...gold panning

Sydney Cove, Port Jackson: the position of the encampment & buildings as they stood March 1788 surveyed by Capt. Hunter

Sydney Cove, Port Jackson: the position of the encampment & buildings as they stood March 1788 surveyed by Capt. Hunter

Detail showing the Tank Stream from 'Plan of the town and suburbs of Sydney, August 1822'

Detail showing the Tank Stream from 'Plan of the town and suburbs of Sydney, August 1822'

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