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REID, Thomas
Two Voyages to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, with a Description of the Present Condition of that Interesting Colony: including Facts and Observations relative to the State and Management of Convicts of Both Sexes
London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1822. Octavo, the paper with some browning; a very good copy in attractive modern crushed green half morocco, gilt. A rare Australian voyage, and 'a valuable account of the treatment of transported convicts' (Ferguson). This is the only edition of the book, which was dedicated to Elizabeth Fry, the English Quaker and prison reformer.Thomas Reid (1791-1825) was a naval surgeon and prison reformer. Born in Ireland, he graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 1813. Reid travelled as surgeon-superintendent on the voyages of the convict ships Neptune (to Sydney in 1818) and Morley (to Hobart Town and Sydney in 1820), the latter carrying female convicts, and he uses his description of his experiences to express his deep feelings against transportation. Although he was highly praised by the captains of both voyages for his care of the convicts, he thereafter refused to take part in a convict transport.Reid's book is of some importance as a serious and detailed account of transportation with considered notes on the actual convicts themselves (who were all too often tacitly ignored in narratives of voyages to New South Wales). In this light, even his rather dry lists of the sorts of goods taken on board are interesting, an insight into shipboard life. Reid also travelled rather widely in Sydney and Hobart, and offers several reflections on all levels of society. Governor Macquarie, who had met Reid when visiting Bathurst in October 1820, afterwards wrote: 'We all much regret Dr Reid's departure as we found him a most agreeable go … [Click Below for Full Description]
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