Saturday, January 28, 2012

The myth of our convict past

Piers Akerman posits a novel take on our history:

Go back far enough and all of our forebears came from somewhere else because this was perceived to be a better place to be.

I understand some of them even insisted on being shackled to the ships so they wouldn’t accidentally fall out on the way.

I wonder if I can sue my high school history teacher for teaching me a lot of our forebears were sent here as punishment.

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Blogger Father Park said...

Yes. Go back far enough and the great bulk were deported (sorry, transported) prisoners and their gaolers / keepers.

Most of them had no bloody idea what place they were being transported to.

31/1/12 8:13 PM  
Blogger Father Park said...

Bit like those New Zealanders, English, Indians, French and Aussies who desperately attempted to claim the Chersonesus back in 1915.

2/2/12 1:01 AM  
Anonymous Jacob said...

Maybe Piers meant that the Brit penal authorities perceived Australia as a better place for convicts to be, from an objective middle-class English perspective. But still it somehow doesn't quite make the point he's reaching for.

4/2/12 9:28 AM  
Blogger Father Park said...

When it comes to "points" to Piers' "prose", reaching is not quite the word; retching rather better suits.

4/2/12 1:50 PM  

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