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Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 John Campbell & Charlotte Dawson : Trials of Life and Law
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'This book is the true story of two people who came to Australia in the 1820s. John Campbell a victim of the Highland clearances in Sutherland, Scotland, emigrated to Van Diemen's Land in search of a better life. Charlotte Dawson, a petty thief from Lincolnshire, England, was tried, convicted and sentenced to seven years transportation to New South Wales.The story follows John and Charlotte from cradle to grave, giving us a view of the conditions under which they lived, and consequently the trials and tribulations they endured. Their lives are influenced by the people they met and the context of their time. Their marriage is fraught with unfortunate incidents and separation. John and Charlotte represent the thousands of immigrants and convicts who settled in Australia in the first half of the 19th century. Social change was progressively bringing about better living conditions, but they lived in a time when the rights, interests and moral opinions of the privileged were still paramount to those of the common individual. Ordinary people, subject to the law, they often stumbled into circumstances which led to adverse consequences.This book therefore gives both a biographical and historical account of early Australia as experienced through the lives of a free settler and a convict. Some aspects of the story are raw and confronting, but the facts are a part of that early Australian history and their lives.' (Publication summary)

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    • Bull Creek, Canning area, South & South East Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: David William Otterman , 2015 .
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      Extent: 300p.
      • Published January 1st 2015

      ISBN: 9780994195005
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