Australia’s Prisoner Past

Most people are familiar with Australia’s criminal foundations. Botany Bay remains one of the most infamous penal colonies of the past and its history remains etched in the imaginations of most of us modern ‘colonists.’ Sydney was the most remote region of the British Empire; it saw over 170,000 male and female convicts between 1788-1868.

Today, archaeologists continue to excavate its foundations, finding numerous artifacts and remains that inform about the harbor’s past. Today, the hostel in Sydney Harbor is famous amongst backpackers for its historical setting and museum; it even sets aside a portion of its fees for conservation.

To read more about the history of the prisoners at Botany Bay, read this article at Archaeology or check out the gallery of the famous convicts.

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