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Ship of Death


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When 276 poor British emigrants sail away from Plymouth on the ship Emigrant in April 1850, seeking a better life in Australia, they know nothing of the ordeal that lies ahead. For four terrible months at sea they endure cramped and squalid conditions, insufferable heat, bitter cold … and a mounting death toll from the dreaded disease that rages through the ship: typhus.
When the Emigrant arrives in Moreton Bay, the nightmare continues. The immigrants are sent to the newly proclaimed quarantine station at Dunwich, Stradbroke Island, where a handful of leaky tents and disused convict buildings provide the only shelter. For three long months, their hopes of escape from typhus’ deadly clutches are raised and dashed, and raised and dashed again.
In the face of such adversity, an extraordinary, and until now untold, story of heroes and victims unfolds.
Impeccably researched and poignantly told, Ship of Death unfurls the saga of the ill-fated voyage, quarantine and aftermath. For the first time, this stunning book reveals the human stories of some key players in the drama – their backgrounds, their suffering, and their fates – and in doing so, brings to life a remarkable journey common to many of Australia’s early settlers.
Their stories are tales of hardship, resilience, courage and despair.

Author: Jane Smith
Publication: 2019 
Pages: 388
Soft Cover
ISBN: 9780648650300

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Weight 0.54 g
Dimensions 15.6 × 23.39 cm