AUSTRALIA IS COLONIZED – THE FIRST CONVICTS ARRIVE IN BOTANY BAY
The Gentleman’s Magazine
This important issue of the first true magazine contains a full account of the landing at Botany Bay, the establishments of courts and the attempted escape of several convicts! It was stated that more convicts will be arriving “to clear His Majesty’s gaols.” After the landing of the two ships, “Sirius” and “Supply,” their officers came on shore and the detailed report indicated that the natives (aborigines) “….who had in small bodies witnessed their approach, appeared in great consternation on seeing these officers on their territory, and after setting up a yell, fled to the woods.” They came back when the British laid beads and other articles on the ground for the natives who finally came out to take these gifts. The “settlers” (convicts) were then read a code of laws and the report goes on to say, “The settlers were then told, that nothing could draw these laws into exercise, but their own demerits; and as it was then in their power to atone to their country for all the wrongs done at home, no other admonitions than those which their own consciences would dictate, it was hoped, would be necessary to effect their happiness and prosperity in their new country.” The article also says that some convicts attempted to escape Australia on French ships, however the French officers turned the men down, however two women were reported missing!
Also, an antique print of Voltaire’s home at Ferrney with accompanying letter. And, there is an obituary of the famous Italian Rococo artist, Francesco Zuccarelli.
95 full pages., excellent condition and bound in rich green cloth with marbled endpapers and gold lettering. The Gentleman’s Magazine was the first publication in history to utilize the word “magazine” in a title.