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Issue Details: First known date: 2005 2005
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Thomas Keneally examines the transformation of Australia from a penal settlement to a modern society.

Notes

  • Epigraph: Eora people asked the question, Waube-rong orab, Where is a better country? This thief colony might hereafter become a great empire, whose nobles will probably, like the nobles of Rome, boast of their blood. The Morning Post, London. 1 November 1786.
  • Author's note: I have taken the liberty in quotations from historic sources to standardise spelling, and in the cases of misspellings left intact, to avoid the use of mannerism (sic). Any insertions I have made for the sake of clarifying the intentions of the original writers are signalled by square brackets. All Aboriginal personal and place names have variations with which generally I have avoided burdening the text, though some of the variant spellings can be found in the notes. As the text makes frequent use of imperial measurement, a conversion table to metric has been provided at the end of the book. T. K.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Milsons Point, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 2005 .
      Extent: 509p.
      Description: illus., map
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliography.
      • Includes index.
      ISBN: 1740513371
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Chatto and Windus , 2006 .
      Extent: 509p.
      Description: illus., maps
      Note/s:
      • Includes bibliographical references (p. 488-494) and index.
      ISBN: 9780701178833 (hbk.), 0701178833 (hbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Talese , 2006 .
      Alternative title: The Commonwealth of Thieves : The Improbable Birth of Australia
      Extent: 1v.p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 038551459X (alk. paper)

Works about this Work

A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Diary Tom Nairn , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 13 December vol. 29 no. 24 2014;
Literary Guide to Australia Nicholas Shakespeare , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 10 July 2013;
'We asked some of the world's most eminent writers to offer literary tours of the places they know best.'
Timely Look at Our Past Stephen Matchett , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 January 2006; (p. 44)
Stephen Matchett compares the literary approach of Thomas Keneally in The Commonwealth of Thieves to that of Inga Cleninnen in Dancing with Strangers in a discussion on the causes and consequences of the arrival of the First Fleet.
Havoc in History House Stella Clarke , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 March 2006; (p. 8-9)
'As professional historians bicker, novelists are staking a claim for the primacy of fictional truth in making sense of the past.' (Editor's headline)
Finding Redemption Down Under Edward Nowatka (interviewer), 2006 single work interview
— Appears in: Publishers Weekly , August vol. 253 no. 34 2006; (p. 40)
Tom Keneally Writes History George Parsons , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: AQ : Australian Quarterly , January-February vol. 78 no. 1 2006; (p. 38-39)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
The Bounders of Botany Bay Carmen Callil , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Times , 24 June 2006; (p. 11)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
The Origins of Oz Hilary M. Carey , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Irish Times , 17 June 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
History : Down and Out Kate Grenville , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 24 June 2006; (p. 8)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Untitled Roger Hainsworth , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , 5 - 18 May no. 291 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Empty the Hulks Glyndwr Williams , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 15 September no. 5398 2006; (p. 24)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Founding Rogues Alison Mcculloch , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 1 October vol. 111 no. 40 2006; (p. 8)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Song of the Pen : Archival Footage Thomas Keneally , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 6-7)
Thomas Keneally describes the different methods he has used to research his novels.
The Ghosts Herald the Sydney Experiment A. P. Riemer , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Convict & Discharge Stuart Macintyre , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 October vol. 123 no. 6492 2005; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Untitled Peter Muntz , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , October vol. 85 no. 4 2005; (p. 18)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Balanced Birth of a Nation Thomas Keneally , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 October 2005; (p. 10)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Telling the Human Tale of the Historic First Fleet Mark Thomas , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 October 2005; (p. 13)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
That's Settled Robert Murray , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 November 2005; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
The Ghosts Herald the Sydney Experiment A. P. Riemer , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2005; (p. 19)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Convict & Discharge Stuart Macintyre , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 October vol. 123 no. 6492 2005; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Untitled Peter Muntz , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Bookseller & Publisher , October vol. 85 no. 4 2005; (p. 18)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Balanced Birth of a Nation Thomas Keneally , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 22 October 2005; (p. 10)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Telling the Human Tale of the Historic First Fleet Mark Thomas , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 October 2005; (p. 13)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
That's Settled Robert Murray , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 November 2005; (p. 12-13)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Once Were Convicts Simon Caterson , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 November 2005; (p. 26)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Occupied Territory Alan Atkinson , 2005-2006 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January no. 277 2005-2006; (p. 16-17)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Tom Keneally Writes History George Parsons , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: AQ : Australian Quarterly , January-February vol. 78 no. 1 2006; (p. 38-39)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
The Bounders of Botany Bay Carmen Callil , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Times , 24 June 2006; (p. 11)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
The Origins of Oz Hilary M. Carey , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Irish Times , 17 June 2006; (p. 10)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
History : Down and Out Kate Grenville , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 24 June 2006; (p. 8)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Untitled Roger Hainsworth , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , 5 - 18 May no. 291 2006; (p. 16)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Empty the Hulks Glyndwr Williams , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 15 September no. 5398 2006; (p. 24)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Founding Rogues Alison Mcculloch , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 1 October vol. 111 no. 40 2006; (p. 8)

— Review of The Commonwealth of Thieves Thomas Keneally 2005 single work prose
Timely Look at Our Past Stephen Matchett , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 January 2006; (p. 44)
Stephen Matchett compares the literary approach of Thomas Keneally in The Commonwealth of Thieves to that of Inga Cleninnen in Dancing with Strangers in a discussion on the causes and consequences of the arrival of the First Fleet.
Havoc in History House Stella Clarke , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 March 2006; (p. 8-9)
'As professional historians bicker, novelists are staking a claim for the primacy of fictional truth in making sense of the past.' (Editor's headline)
Finding Redemption Down Under Edward Nowatka (interviewer), 2006 single work interview
— Appears in: Publishers Weekly , August vol. 253 no. 34 2006; (p. 40)
Song of the Pen : Archival Footage Thomas Keneally , 2005 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Author , December vol. 37 no. 3 2005; (p. 6-7)
Thomas Keneally describes the different methods he has used to research his novels.
Literary Guide to Australia Nicholas Shakespeare , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Telegraph , 10 July 2013;
'We asked some of the world's most eminent writers to offer literary tours of the places they know best.'
Diary Tom Nairn , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: London Review of Books , 13 December vol. 29 no. 24 2014;
A National (Diasporic?) Living Treasure : Thomas Keneally Paul Sharrad , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Le Simplegadi , November no. 14 2015; (p. 20-27)
Although Thomas Keneally is firmly located as a national figure, his international literary career and his novels’ inspection of colonial exile, Aboriginal alienation, and movements of people throughout history reflect aspects of diasporic experience, while pushing the term itself into wider meaning of the transnational.
Last amended 4 Jul 2007 16:44:59
Subjects:
  • Botany Bay, Botany area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • c
    England,
    c
    c
    United Kingdom (UK),
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • Sydney Cove, Sydney, New South Wales,
  • 1788-1792
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