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A View Near Woolwich In Kent, Shewing The Employment Of The Convicts From The Hulks

c1800. Hand-coloured engraving, text including title and number “51” in plate below image, 29.7 x 44.5cm. Uneven margins trimmed to platemark, creases, slight stains and minor crinkles overall.

Text continues “London. Printed for Bowles & Carver, no. 69, St Pauls Church Yard.” Held in NLA; SLNSW. This image depicts prison hulks on the River Thames, showing convicts moving coal in wheelbarrows and driving piles. The hulks were mostly floating prisons which held convicts awaiting transportation to the colonies (including Australia). In the meantime, the hulks were usually moored near dockyards or garrisons where convicts were used as a ready-made labour force. Ref: SLM.

Item #CL194-5

Price (AUD): $2,250.00  Other currencies

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