Title: Place of Banishment : Port Macquarie 1818-1832.
Publisher:  Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, NSW, 2002, ISBN:0868063177
Seller ID: 86495
McLACHLAN, Iaen. Place of Banishment : Port Macquarie 1818-1832. (Sydney, NSW) : Hale & Iremonger, (June 2002). Second Printing. Pp (8),11-242. Illustrated. Maps. Index. 8vo, illustrated black card covers. "Port Macquarie, Australia's third oldest mainland port, was a 'place of banishment' where theworst convicts - those who had committed crimes after arriving in New Sout h Wales - were sent as punishment. Governor Macquarie instructed Captain Allman, the first Commandant, to keep all convicts 'at constant hard labour and use every precaution to prevent their escape'. But Macquarie's successors, Governors Brisbane and Darling, found Port Macquarie a 'place of banishment' in name only. It was a prison camp noted for its laxity, indulgences and irregularities. It was certainly a place from which scores of prisoners escaped. Place of Banishment is a story of pioneers, courage, endurance, punishment and deaths; of runaways and Aborigines; of bitter clashes between officers; and of mismanagement of early ventures into sugar growing. Based on extensive research of original documents, the racy narrative will intrigue all those interested in Australia's convict past." - from the back cover. Gift inscription, else very good. 14.00