EXPERIENCES OF A CONVICT TRANSPORTED FOR TWENTY-ONE YEARS : J. F. MORTLOCK.

Wilkes, G. A. & Mitchell, A. G. (Eds.)


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Sydney University Press, 1st thus, Sydney 1965. Xxiii + 248 pp. Pict. e.p's. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. First published in 1864/5, this is the story of J. F. Mortlock who, in 1843, was sentenced to 21 years transportation to Britain's penal colony for a violent attack upon a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge. He had already served 3 months in gaol for writing threatening letters and smashing windows in a bank, and had been acquitted on a charge of arson. His victim was his uncle ; the bank had been founded by his grandfather ; and the arson targets were family property. Mortlock felt that he had been defrauded by his own kin. He spent 18 months in irons with 600 other convicts aboard a rotting hulk in Plymouth Harbour. The voyage out to New South Wales was aboard the transport MAITLAND and the voyage took 4 months. In Australia he experienced hard labour but also worked his way through probation by being given responsible and privileged positions. He finally gained conditional pardon, returned to England ' and earned a further sentence of transportation !


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