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The ship that never was : the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history, Adam Courtenay

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The ship that never was : the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history
Title
The ship that never was
Title remainder
the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history
Statement of responsibility
Adam Courtenay
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
The greatest escape story of Australian colonial history by the son of Australia's best-loved storyteller 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. Commandeering the ship they'd been building to transport them to Port Arthur, the escapees 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 an entertaining and rollicking story from our past by an exciting new voice in popular 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, ability to talk himself out of a tight corner and refusal to buckle under authority makes him an irresistible anti-hero in the tradition of Ned Kelly
Summary
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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10659556
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Courtenay, Adam
Dewey number
994.402
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Porter, James
  • Convicts
  • Prisoners, Transportation of
  • Penal colonies
  • Norfolk Island
Target audience
adult
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the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history
Label
The ship that never was : the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history, Adam Courtenay
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323)
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000062298298
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
323 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780733338571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1031157083
Label
The ship that never was : the greatest escape story of Australian colonial history, Adam Courtenay
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 317-323)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
000062298298
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
323 pages
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9780733338571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)1031157083

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