Hell's Gates


When Alexander Pearce stood in the dock of the Supreme Court of Van Dieman's Land, it was the first time that a self-confessed cannibal had appeared in court. A year and nine months earlier Pearce and seven other convicts had escaped from the totally isolated prison-settlement of Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour, the most remote penal hell-hole in the whole British Empire at that time. He was the sole survivor of their nine-week trek to what they thought would be freedom, a journey through some of the most difficult wilderness terrain in the world. On the way five of his companions had been killed and eaten by their fellows. Two others had died. Even in the harsh convict world of incarceration and chain gangs, read more

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ISBN:

9781740640831

Format:

Paperback

RRP:

$29.99

Category:

Biography and Memoir , Art and Photography

Publisher:

Hardie Grant Books

Published:

14 October 2002

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paul Collins

Paul Collins is an historian, writer, author of ten books and broadcaster, often heard on the ABC.