Ship of Death: The Tragedy of the 'Emigrant'

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Ship of Death: The Tragedy of the 'Emigrant' by Jane Smith

When 276 poor British emigrants sail away from Plymouth on the ship Emigrant in April 1850, seeking a better life in Australia, they know nothing of the ordeal that lies ahead. For four terrible months at sea they endure cramped and squalid conditions, insufferable heat, bitter cold... and a mounting death toll from the dreaded disease that rages through the ship: typhus.

When the Emigrant arrives in Moreton Bay, the nightmare continues. For three long months in quarantine at Stradbroke Island, the immigrants' hopes are raised and dashed, and raised and dashed again.

Impeccably researched and poignantly told, Ship of Death unfurls the true saga of the ill-fated voyage, quarantine and aftermath. For the first time, this stunning book reveals the human stories of some key players in the drama - their backgrounds, their suffering, and their fates - and in doing so, brings to life a remarkable journey common to many of Australia's early settlers.

Their stories are tales of hardship, resilience, courage and despair.

'Jane Smith, excellent historian that she is... has added a rich vein to our understanding of the personal, individual legends of early white settlement in Queensland.' - Kerry O'Brien

About the Author:
Jane Smith is a Queensland librarian, historical researcher and author of non-fiction and fiction for adults and children. She is the author of Captain Starlight: the strange but true story of a bushranger, imposter and murderer. Her books have been short or long-listed for CBCA, ABIA and Speech Pathology awards.

Pages: 388
Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.24 x 23.39 cm