This was the reality for the thousands of convicts that would make their way to Australia. As slavery was outlawed, the U.K. needed a new source of free labor and found that using criminals was a great way to obtain free labor, lower the crime rate in the motherland, and hopefully keep convicts out of trouble.
In Cape Otway Forest ca. 1875-ca. 1938 Shows picnic in the bush, four men, one woman and a child sitting in group and another image of two women on dirt road winding through the bush. From the Series: J.H. Harvey collection.; Melbourne and country Victoria. Visit our catalogue to download a hi-res copy or find out more about this image: