In January 1788, eleven ships arrived in Botany Bay, Australia, after an arduous journey from Great Britain. Those on board would be forced to tame a continent, or die in the attempt. Australian Letham Burns joins us to discuss the legacy of the convicts, aged 9 to 82, exiled for often absurdly petty crimes aboard that First Fleet. It’s a tale of hardship, violence, and Vegemite — and of a starship named Botany Bay.
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