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The Resource The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History

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The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History
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The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History
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Adam Courtenay
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eng
Summary
The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia’s best-loved storyteller In 1823, cockney sailor and chancer James Porter was convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs and transported halfway around the world to Van Diemen's Land. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to Macquarie Harbour, known in Van Diemen's Land as hell on earth.Many had tried to escape Macquarie Harbour; few had succeeded. But when Governor George Arthur announced that the place would be closed and its prisoners moved to the new penal station of Port Arthur, Porter, along with a motley crew of other prisoners, pulled off an audacious escape. Wresting control of the ship they'd been building to transport them to their fresh hell, the escapees instead sailed all the way to Chile. What happened next is stranger than fiction, a fitting outcome for this true-life picaresque tale.The Ship That Never Was is the entertaining and rollicking story of what is surely the greatest escape in Australian colonial history. James Porter, whose memoirs were the inspiration for Marcus Clarke's For the Term of his Natural Life, is an original Australian larrikin whose ingenuity, gift of the gab and refusal to buckle under authority make him an irresistible anti-hero who deserves a place in our history
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In 1828, James Porter, sailor, chancer, illywhacker, found himself on a ship bound for Van Diemen's Land, having been convicted of stealing a stack of beaver furs. After several escape attempts from the notorious penal colony, Porter, who told authorities he was a 'beer-machine maker', was sent to Sarah Island, known in Van Diemen's Land as 'hell on earth'. Many tried to escape the island; few succeeded. But when Governor George Arthur announced that Sarah Island would closed down and the prisoners moved to the new penal station of Port Arthur, Porter, along with a motley crew of other prisoners, pulled off an audacious escape.
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Adam Courtenay
Dewey number
994
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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History / General
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adult
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the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history
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The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History
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ODILO:034300003021
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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9781460708842
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optical disk
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The Ship That Never Was: The Greatest Escape Story Of Australian Colonial History
Publication
Control code
ODILO:034300003021
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781460708842
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optical disk

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