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Australian History Book, Non-Fiction. Twenty years of research and fully referenced.

Kate Gadsby's Convicts, Capitalists and Corruption is a gripping narrative portraying personal stories of the leaders of Sydney society, convicts building the Mountain Road and the captivating history of the pioneers who established the early settlements west of the Great Divide. It depicts the lives of the brave men and women who ventured into the vast expanses of unknown land after the proclamation of Bathurst. Their stories encompass the many aspects of colonisation within the Nineteen Counties and the ‘outer limits’ of the Lachlan, Macquarie and Bogan rivers. There are descriptions of the Aboriginal people, the local tribes and the land as it became inhabited by convicts and European settlers. The story offers insights into trials, tribulations, misdeeds, scandals and powerplays involving some of the colony’s most powerful individuals. It provides a fascinating window into forces that shaped the region and immortalised the characters in street and town names. Discover stories of Australia's pioneering families such as Charles Wray Finch, Colonel Henry Croasdaile Wilson and Constance Couronne, one of the the youngest convicts transported to Sydney Cove at the age of eight. Sentenced for attempted murder, Contance and her cousin Elizabeth Verloppe were Mauritian slaves transported from Isle de France. 


Written through the eyes of the people at the time, Kate Gadsby focuses the book around the first settlers at Nubrygyn, Bathurst  and the Wellington Valley convict settlement. Several years later Wellington became the home of the Anglican Church missionaries as they endeavoured to Christianise the local Aborigines. The book describes the battles of the settlers and the squatters with unruly convict labourers and the lawlessness in Wellington County. Other than the Bathurst constabulary, the first twenty-five years of European settlement west of the Macquarie River existed without a police force. Deprived of constables, the Wellington region became overrun with bushrangers, murderers and convict runaways. Learn about murderous rebel Patrick Murphy alias Blue Cap as he rampaged the Wellington County in 1839-40 and twenty five years later as Ben Hall made a raid on the Nubrygyn Inn.


Beautifully illustrated with rare maps, photographs and artworks from colonial masters, this is a fascinating read. It is a ground-breaking historical narrative of people and occupation west of Bathurst and the Colony’s settlements within the Wellington County and the vast lands beyond.

Available now at Collins Booksellers, Orange, The Book Connection, Dubbo, Wellington Museum, Wellington Information Centre, Molong Yarn Market,  or online (click here).

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ISBN 9780646819921

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