January 25, 1788 -
- the first 9 ships to carry prisoners from Britain arrived at Port Jackson. Nine ships carrying 759 convicts and their guards left Portsmouth on May 13, 1787, and arrived at what would be the first penal colony in Australia, New South Wales. This was the first European settlement in Australia, if you can call a penal colony a settlement. I guess it was.
Between 1788 and 1850 the English sent over 162,000 convicts to
Australia in 806 ships. These were the 'unwanted', the dregs, who had nothing good to contribute to society and deserved only to be cast away from the civilized. Much that was derogatory was said about them by religious leaders.They were the indecent, the immoral and the unlawful.
Flash forward to July - 2015.
What could very well be the descendants of these convicts, cast out of decent society, are now heading a Royal Commission to find out if a religious organization has been acting in a indecent, immoral and unlawful manner.
Absolutely AMAZING isn't it?