BOTANY BAY

There's a place ten thousand miles away

where Britain's convicts were sent

but we missed a trick when they built it up

...we should have been charging them rent!

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jennifer Malden

Sun 1st Mar 2020 08:48

Liked this one! it's incredible now to see what punishments were meeted out for what now would be considered 'minor' offences. Whole families went to debtor's prisons for owing money, and convicts awaiting transportation were kept on 'the hulks' in dreadful conditions.

Jennifer

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Graham Sherwood

Fri 28th Feb 2020 09:49

It was shocking to transport them
It was appalling what we did
Whoโ€™d have thought that in the 60โ€™s
Theyโ€™d all cough up ten quid!

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Don Matthews

Fri 28th Feb 2020 09:19

I am an Aussie battler
Advise don't pick a fight
Cos some have done that in the past
And found I've got a bite

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Don Matthews

Fri 28th Feb 2020 09:16

MC

Convicts were sent to various cities in Australia, but not Adelaide.
People pride themselves by saying we were settled by free settlers.

But what they don't realise is Adelaide was built with slave money. This was how the slavers laundered their profits.

So therefore are we not just as bad as those cities built on convict labour? I would suggest worse. Few people here in my town are aware of this.

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Brian Maryon

Thu 27th Feb 2020 23:00

Thanks all for support on this.

In retrospect I feel bound to say let them have it rent free. The poor buggers don't have much in their lives...it's the least we can do!

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 27th Feb 2020 13:13

I grinned, but Don is right insofar that the word "convict" embraced
those whose poverty forced them into stealing stuff that would be
"laughed out of court" in more progressive times, and also included
those impertinent enough to challenge the political status quo...
e.g. the Tolpuddle Martyrs. The harshest was "transportation for life" - giving no chance of any return to one's birthplace. One can only
imagine the rancour and despair, let alone the early deaths from
related causes in uncongenial distant surroundings far from loved
ones and home. No wonder the Aussie is such a tough no-nonsense cookie !!

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Don Matthews

Wed 26th Feb 2020 21:39

You sent poor buggers here you did
For stealing ladies hanks
10,000 miles across the sea
You even sent your skanks

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Liked the rhyme though

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Philipos

Wed 26th Feb 2020 21:01

Oh Brian, can't wait to hear Don M's response to this one. He's in charge of the ball and chains - now remind me, what rhymes with clink. P. ๐Ÿ˜

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