By Babette Smith
They landed at a time whilst the so-called slave colony was once at its top, governed by way of the lash and the chain gang. but as Babette Smith tracked the lives of the folks aboard the Hive, she chanced on a really varied tale. so much have been assigned to paintings on farms or in companies, construction a greater lifestyles than they probably can have skilled in eire. unusually, within the staff they discovered energy, which gave upward push to the attribute Australian tradition later defined by way of D.H. Lawrence: 'Nobody felt higher than anyone else, or higher.'
The success of the Irish is an engaging portrait of colonial existence within the mid-nineteenth century that finds how the Irish helped lay the principles of the Australia we all know today.
'Deeply researched and vividly written, it is a fantastic new and updated account of the convict adventure, commonly from the ground up. i am impressed.' - Emeritus Professor Alan Atkinson FAHA, college of Sydney
'Brings the convict period to existence via own tales and insightful analysis.' - Lindsay Tanner