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The Luck of the Irish: How a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia by [Smith, Babette]
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The Luck of the Irish: How a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia Kindle Edition

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'Deeply researched and vividly written, it's a terrific new and up-to-date account of the convict experience, mainly from the bottom up' - Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson FAHA, University of Sydney. 'Brings the convict era to life through personal stories and insightful analysis.' - Lindsay Tanner

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The luck of the Irish was chronic bad luck, as their sad history attests. That's how it looked for 250 Irish convicts when their ship, the Hive, sank ignominiously off the New South Wales coast in 1835. Miraculously all survived, guided to safety by local Aboriginal people.

They landed at a time when the so-called slave colony was at its height, ruled by the lash and the chain gang. Yet as Babette Smith tracked the lives of the people aboard the Hive, she discovered a very different story. Most were assigned to work on farms or in businesses, building a better life than they possibly could have experienced in Ireland. Surprisingly, in the workforce they found power, which gave rise to the characteristic Australian culture later described by D.H. Lawrence: 'Nobody felt better than anybody else, or higher.'

The Luck of the Irish is a fascinating portrait of colonial life in the mid-nineteenth century that reveals how the Irish helped lay the foundations of the Australia we know today.

'Deeply researched and vividly written, it's a terrific new and up-to-date account of the convict experience, mainly from the bottom up. I'm impressed.' - Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson FAHA, University of Sydney

'Brings the convict era to life through personal stories and insightful analysis.' - Lindsay Tanner

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5439 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; Main edition (25 June 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEPQ466
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,596 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 starsIt is not that I did not enjoy this book but I think it is more of ...
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5.0 out of 5 starsA book for all Australians - Irish or not
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Maria Ronan
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended if you want a well written, true life account of convict life presented in an accessible, compelling book.
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