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The Resource A commonwealth of thieves : the Sydney experiment, Thomas Keneally ; read by Simon Vance

A commonwealth of thieves : the Sydney experiment, Thomas Keneally ; read by Simon Vance

Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the Sydney experiment
Title
A commonwealth of thieves
Title remainder
the Sydney experiment
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Keneally ; read by Simon Vance
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Contributor
Author
Narrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
It was 1786 when Arthur Phillip, an ambitious captain in the Royal Navy, was assigned the formidable task of organizing an expedition to Australia in order to establish a penal colony. The squalid and turbulent prisons of London were overflowing, and crime was on the rise. Even the hulks sifting at anchor in the Thames were packed with malcontent criminals and petty thieves. So the English government decided to undertake the unprecedented move of shipping off its convicts to a largely unexplored landmass at the other end of the world. Using the personal journals and documents that were kept during this expedition, historian/novelist Thomas Keneally re-creates the grueling overseas voyage, a hellish, suffocating journey that claimed the lives of many convicts. Miraculously, the fleet reached the shores of what was then called New South Wales in 1788, and after much trial and error, the crew managed to set up a rudimentary yet vibrant settlement. As governor of the colony, Phillip took on the challenges of dealing with unruly convicts, disgruntled officers, a bewildered, sometimes hostile native population, as well as such serious matters as food shortages and disease. Moving beyond Phillip, Keneally offers captivating portrayals of Aborigines, who both aided and opposed Phillip, and of the settlers, including convicts who were determined to overcome their pasts and begin anew. With the authority of a renowned historian and the narrative grace of a brilliant novelist, Thomas Keneally offers an insider's perspective into the dramatic saga of the birth of a vibrant society in an unfamiliar land
Cataloging source
VALP
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Keneally, Thomas
Dewey number
994.02
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not applicable
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Literary text for sound recordings
history
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PerformerNote
Read by Simon Vance
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Vance, Simon
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  • Convict ships
  • Frontier and pioneer life
  • Penal colonies
  • Prisoners
  • Australia
Target audience
adult
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the Sydney experiment, Thomas Keneally ; read by Simon Vance
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Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
BOL-9781489482150-20181214
Dimensions
12 cm ; in container.
Edition
MP3 edition ; Unabridged.
Extent
1 MP3 CD (12 hr., 28 min.)
Isbn
9781489482150
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital, stereo
Specific material designation
sound cartridge
System details
MP3 cds can only be played on MP3 compatible sound systems
Label
A commonwealth of thieves : the Sydney experiment, Thomas Keneally ; read by Simon Vance
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
  • sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
  • spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
BOL-9781489482150-20181214
Dimensions
12 cm ; in container.
Edition
MP3 edition ; Unabridged.
Extent
1 MP3 CD (12 hr., 28 min.)
Isbn
9781489482150
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • s
Other physical details
digital, stereo
Specific material designation
sound cartridge
System details
MP3 cds can only be played on MP3 compatible sound systems

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