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by Watkin Tench

Lieutenant-General Watkin Tench (1758-1833) was a British Marine officer who is best known for publishing two books describing his experiences in the First Fleet, which established the first settlement in Australia in 1788. His two accounts, A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay (1789) and A Complete Account of the Settlement at Port Jackson (1793) provide a fascinating and entertaining account of the arrival and first four years of the colony. Little is known of Tench apart from what he writes in his three books and his service record. He joined His Majesty's Marine Forces, Plymouth division, as a Second Lieutenant in 1776, then he was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in 1778. He fought against the American forces in their War of Independence where he was captured when HMS Mermaid was driven ashore on the Maryland coast by the French under Comte d'Estaing. He was promoted to Captain-Lieutenant in September 1782 and went on half-pay in May 1786. In October, 1786 the Admiralty called for volunteers for a three-year tour of Botany Bay and he sailed on the transport ship Charlotte in May 1787.
Download A Narrative of the Expedition to Botany Bay (Dodo Press) epub
ISBN: 1409904482
ISBN13: 978-1409904489
Category: Reference
Subcategory: Writing Research & Publishing Guides
Author: Watkin Tench
Language: English
Publisher: Dodo Press (March 6, 2009)
Pages: 72 pages
ePUB size: 1120 kb
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Rating: 4.6
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A Narrative Of The Expedition To Botany Bay

This is a fascinating contemporary account of the first convict settlement at Botany Bay in Eastern Australia by one of the first officers to do a tour of duty there. It's treatment of the aborigines and white man's first contact with them is particularly sensitive. It's been an essential reference for historians and historical novelists, cherished for its authenticity.
Well-written, but of course the author's perspective is limited to his to his role in regulating the colony. He is not interested in or much aware of the relationships among different convicts.
A very good read for those interested in our history, I felt as though I was there and it concentrated on so much detail that made it very absorbing.
Written in 1792 this is history of the first years of settlement in New South Wales.
Watkin Tench gave us a detailed account of the trials endured by the disparate group of settlers.
Not a bad read for its era, was left feeling a little..... Empty. I guess it was written for a different time, confused.