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Closing hell's gates : the life and death of a convict station, author, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

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Closing hell's gates : the life and death of a convict station
Title
Closing hell's gates
Title remainder
the life and death of a convict station
Statement of responsibility
author, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart
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Language
eng
Summary
"In October 1827, nine convicts who had endured years of unimaginable cruelty at the hands of the system opted for 'state-assisted' escape. Five terrified witnesses - their hands and feet bound - were forced to watch as the chained convicts seized Constable George Rex and drowned him in the tannin-stained waters of the harbour. When the sentence of death was pronounced upon them, the condemned prisoners uttered just one word in reply: Amen. For twelve long years between 1822 and 1834, Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour was the most feared place in Australia. Clinging to the shores of the wild west coast of Tasmania and hemmed in on all sides by rugged uncharted wilderness, the environment itself formed the prison walls that confined the unfortunate convict re-offenders who were sent there. But the conditions were so brutal that many went mad, or chose death or a very uncertain escape into the bush rather than spend their time in this notorious place. Based on detailed accounts from the time, Closing Hell's Gates contains dozens of personal stories of the harsh and unforgiving life that people were forced to lead, both as convict and overseer, and in so doing reveals some startling insights about human nature when it is pushed to extremes."--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
Nz
Dewey number
994.66
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Closing hell's gates : the life and death of a convict station, author, Hamish Maxwell-Stewart
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  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • Bibliography
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
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11644921
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20 cm.
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Extent
312 pages
Isbn
9781741751499
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(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) MA155701
  • (OCoLC)212908070
  • 11644921
  • (AuCNLKIN)000042423608
  • (Nz)11644921

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