#OTD in 1791 – First convicts from Ireland arrive in New South Wales, Australia.

After the end of the American War of Independence, Britain had to find new territory to send its convicts. New South Wales (NSW) was selected as a suitable penal colony. Legislation permitting transportation from Britain to N.S.W. was passed in 1784, and the Irish Act followed in 1786. The eighteen year old, 400-ton ship Queen […]

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#OTD in 1791 – First convicts from Ireland arrive in New South Wales, Australia.

After the end of the American War of Independence, Britain had to find new territory to send its convicts. New South Wales (NSW) was selected as a suitable penal colony. Legislation permitting transportation from Britain to N.S.W. was passed in 1784, and the Irish Act followed in 1786. The eighteen year old, 400-ton ship Queen […]

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#OTD in 1791 – First convicts from Ireland arrive in New South Wales, Australia.

After the end of the American War of Independence, Britain had to find new territory to send its convicts. New South Wales (NSW) was selected as a suitable penal colony. Legislation permitting transportation from Britain to N.S.W. was passed in 1784, and the Irish Act followed in 1786. The eighteen year old, 400-ton ship Queen […]

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