CONVICT TRANSPORTATION AND THE METROPOLIS
The Letterbooks and Papers of Duncan Campbell (1726-1803)
from the State Library of New South Wales
- These materials cover Duncan Campbell's involvement in convict transportation to Jamaica, Virginia and Australia.
- There is also a strong emphasis on his web of business contacts in London (the Metropolis), social life, social conditions and trade.
- The documents allow scholars to understand the links between Campbell and William Bligh as well as revealing more about the slave trade and the movement for abolition.
- The papers include material on Jeremy Bentham's opposition to the transportation of convicts, Campbell's meeting with Thomas Jefferson,
John Dixon and the embarkation of the Second Fleet to Botany Bay, and Campbell's meeting with Arthur Phillip, founder and first governor of
New South Wales.
- This is an excellent resource for those studying maritime history, trade, the profits of London merchants, arguments about penal reform, prison hulks, the treatment of convicts and the political debate in Britain, America and Australia.