EVENT: Launch of Transported: Tales of Misfortune & Roguery by Brian Harrison-Lever (Illustrator of Photographs in the Mud and In Flanders Fields)
DATE: Thursday, 5 October 2017
To be launched by former Governor, Sir Guy Green, AC, KBE, CVO
Free event with free drinks
Transported: Tales of Misfortune & Roguery
With evocative illustrations and compelling writing, this extraordinary book encapsulates the social context of convict transportation.
The overcrowding of British prisons in the early 1800s was a problem solved, the ruling classes believed, by the transportation of convicts to the colonies, where labour was in short supply. Men, women and children branded “felons” were shipped south, often for crimes that in today’s world would hardly merit a firm reprimand.
Those transported – some unfortunate, some, it must be admitted, rogues – all had lives before their convictions, but we know very little of them. The narratives in Brian Harrison-Lever’s Transported make no pretence of being factual accounts, but are rather an attempt at shedding some light beyond numbers and statistics and briefly bringing to life a cross-section of a community that suffered and survived transportation.
Hope you can make it and please feel free to invite your colleagues, family and friends.