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Memorandoms by James Martin

Causer, T (Ed). (2017) Memorandoms by James Martin. [Book]. UCL Press: London. Green open access

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Abstract

Among the vast body of manuscripts composed and collected by the philosopher and reformer Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), held by UCL Library’s Special Collections, is a hugely important document in the histories of European Australia and of convict transportation. The Memorandoms by James Martin is the only known extant narrative written by members of the first cohort of prisoners transported to Australia, is the first Australian convict narrative, and is the only first-hand account of the best-known Australian convict escape. On the night of 28 March 1791, James Martin, William Bryant, his wife Mary and their two children, and six other male convicts, stole a six-oared cutter and sailed out of Sydney Harbour, up and along the eastern and northern coasts of the Australian continent,reaching West Timor on 5 June. Although they successfully (for a while, at least) posed as the survivors of a shipwreck and enjoyed the hospitality of their Dutch hosts, they were eventually ordered to be returned to England and the survivors were incarcerated in Newgate Gaol. This new edition of the Memorandoms reproduces the original manuscript alongside an annotated transcript, and features a scholarly introduction and commentary describing the events and key characters, and the contesting interpretations of this famous escape.

Type: Book
Title: Memorandoms by James Martin
ISBN-13: 9781911576815
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.9781911576815
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.9781911576815
Additional information: This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution Non- commercial Nonderivative 4.0 International license (CC BY- NC- ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non- commercial use providing author and publisher attribution are clearly stated. Attribution should include the following information: Tim Causer (ed.), Memorandoms by James Martin: An Astonishing Escape from Early New South Wales.London, UCL Press, 2017. https:// doi.org/ 10.14324/ 111.9781911576815 Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons. org/ licenses/
Keywords: Australian history, James Martin, Memorandoms, Jeremy Bentham
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of Laws > The Bentham Project
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1558725
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