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By (author) Watkin Tench, Introduction by Tim Flannery


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  • Publisher: Text Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 196mm x 20mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 7 May 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Melbourne
  • ISBN 10: 1921922311
  • ISBN 13: 9781921922312
  • Edition statement: Reprinted edition
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 76,479

Product description

In 1788, British Marine Officer Watkin Tench stepped ashore at Botany Bay with the First Fleet. Happily, this curious young captain of the marines was an effortless storyteller and he set about documenting the story of a new colony in narrative prose. Widely regarded as an important historical document, Watkin Tench's '1788' is equally valued by critics and readers as a work of classic literature, the first of many to come from Australia.

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Author information

Watkin Tench was born around 1758 in Chester, England. He joined the marine corps in 1776 and served in the American War of Independence before sailing to Australia with the First Fleet. Tench returned to England in 1792 an stayed with the marine corps. He died in 1833. Tim Flannery has written over a dozen books, including "Here on Earth"; the award-winning bestsellers "The Future Eaters, The Eternal Frontier" and "The Weather Makers"; and his accounts of adventures in Papua New Guinea, Australia and the Pacific, "Throwim Way Leg, Country" and "Among the Islands." Tim was the 2007 Australian of the Year.