Australia's, and America's, Convict Pioneers


Print of the ship the Charlotte, part of the First Fleet. The image was of the ship at Portsmouth, England, prior to departure in May 1787. (Photo: Wiki Commons)

January 18th is the day the first European settlers arrived in Australia, 225 years ago. They were convicts, deported from Britain. You may be surprised to hear this was not a new practice for the Brits.