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The Worst Country in the World: The true story of an Australian pioneer family by [Trench, Patsy]
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“Set against the backdrop of the Australian migrant experience, 'The Worst Country in the World' is not only a great read but a thought-provoking one too, especially for those with links to Australia, which reinvented itself from a convict colony to one of the ’luckiest’ countries in the world.” Karen Clare, Family Tree magazine.

In 1801 Mary Pitt, a 53-year-old widow and mother of five, left her home in Fiddleford in Dorset to sail across the world to live in a penal colony in a country that was then considered by its recent arrivals to be the worst country in the world. Colonial New South Wales was then barely fourteen years old, an experiment that looked as if it was going to fail. What on earth made her go there?

‘The Worst Country in the World’ is a story about the early days of colonial Australia as seen through the eyes of Mary and her family of free settlers. It tells how the country that was originally considered not fit to be lived in struggled to become the ‘lucky’ country it is now. It is a personal story told by an Englishwoman who once lived in Australia and has a deep affection for it, whose own Australian mother reversed the wheel and migrated back to England to reinvent herself as the archetypal Englishwoman. It is about struggle and snobbery, reinvention and revaluation.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3478 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478214740
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Prefab Publications (16 June 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008CF36AQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,797 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Not being sure if I would be interested in reading about someone else's family history, I have to say I was captivated. Beautifully written, I was within the pages living the same Times. I am so interested in Australia's history. Because we are a little over 200 years young it seems more real to me. The atrocities cast upon some of the unfortunate in their endeavour to build a Country would have been dreadful. They certainly worked hard and died young. I have always been very grateful to all concerned, because they are the ones that created Australia and gave us a decent way of life. I wish more people appreciated their hard work.
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The careful connection between England and the very new colony gave a insightful understanding of how attitudes and values held so dear in the old country began to fall apart and change for the better. The description was graphic and enhanced reader appreciation.
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Very interesting historically and factually. Of particular interest to anyone who is interested in genealogy and Australian History
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly good read 25 July 2012
By Wendy Charnell - Published on Amazon.com
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The author says at one point in her book that the mention of having written a 'Family History' is sure to clear a room. Not so with this one. She has so cleverly combined the facts with dramatisation that the pages come alive and the reader is eager to turn each one to experience the next fascinating account of her ancestors' brave and exciting journey to, and ultimate settlement in Australia. I found myself exclaiming, "well, I didn't know that" and grateful to the author for enlightening me about the country in which I now reside. This is an excellent book and obviously very well researched. A 'thoroughly good read'.
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent historical coverage of PITT Family genealogy in 1801 Australia 27 November 2012
By Jeff Pitt - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed the writing style which credibly attributed historical family characters with personality and background. The author was also able to inject her own personal viewpoints and current family situation/relartionships to the essentially genealogical "story" of the very early colonial history of Australia. Throughout, a high standard of research work and assiduous attention to accuracy was readily apparent to me as a reader who is well familiar with the broad historical content of the book tracing the family roots in Dorset UK thru the first generation of Australian PITT family.
5.0 out of 5 stars History brought to vivid life 11 January 2013
By Michael Burge - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased a printed edition of this book - it's a beautifully realised project about a fascinating subject.

Many Australians feel confident about knowing our own history, but Trench's objective eye reveals many little-known truths about the settlement of Australia by Europeans in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Far from being a crusty history book, this title brings the past to vivid life, with a fascinating approach to evoking the past.

A must-read for anyone into Australian history, and explorations of Australian identity.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story 7 July 2014
By C. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after traveling to Australia to get a better understanding of the origins of the country. It was a wonderful & quick read. Loved it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 15 July 2014
By Josephine Curry-Hyde - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting slice of Australian history told as a very enjoyable story

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