For the Term of His Natural Life

For the Term of His Natural Life

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the grim story of life in an Australian penal colony. told with great force, For the term Of His Natural Life is a narrative of great suffering - of whips, chains and man's inhumanity. there is no attempt to soften the truth of degradation and dark cruelty in convict Australia. And yet the novel is filled with life and peopled with vivid characters. Rufus Dawes, condemned to transportation for a crime he did not commit, is one of the most unforgettable characters of Australian literature. this is perhaps Australia's most significant and most famous 19th-century colonial novel and it has found success both in Australia and abroad - it has been translated into German, Dutch, Swedish and Russian. It was serialised from 1870 to 1872 and published as a work for the first time in Australia in 1874.

Table of Contents

Introduction                                       ix
Preface 1 (2)
Prologue 3 (12)
Book One The Sea - 1827
The Prison Ship 15 (8)
Sarah Purfoy 23 (9)
The Monotony Breaks 32 (4)
The Hospital 36 (5)
The Barracoon 41 (7)
The Fate of the Hydaspes 48 (10)
Typhus Fever 58 (8)
A Dangerous Crisis 66 (8)
Woman's Weapons 74 (5)
Eight Bells 79 (10)
Discoveries and Confessions 89 (4)
A Newspaper Paragraph 93 (4)
Book Two Macquarie Harbour - 1833
The Topography of Van Dieman's Land 97 (4)
The Solitary of ``Hell's Gates'' 101(4)
A Social Evening 105(11)
The Bolter 116(4)
Sylvia 120(4)
A Leap in the Dark 124(8)
The Last of Macquarie Harbour 132(6)
The Power of the Wilderness 138(7)
The Seizure of the Osprey 145(7)
John Rex's Revenge 152(7)
Left at ``Hell's Gates'' 159(13)
``Mr.'' Dawes 172(9)
What the Seaweed Suggested 181(5)
A Wonderful Day's Work 186(8)
The Coracle 194(7)
The Writing on the Sand 201(5)
At Sea 206(9)
Book Three Port Arthur - 1838
A Labourer in the Vineyard 215(13)
Sarah Purfoy's Request 228(11)
The Story of Two Birds of Prey 239(9)
``The Notorious Dawes'' 248(9)
Maurice Frere's Good Angel 257(5)
Mr. Meekin Administers Consolation 262(6)
Rufus Dawes's Idyll 268(5)
An Escape 273(4)
John Rex's Letter Home 277(10)
What Became of the Mutineers of the Osprey 287(14)
A Relic of Macquarie Harbour 301(3)
At Port Arthur 304(5)
The Commandant's Butler 309(5)
Mr. North's Indisposition 314(9)
One Hundred Lashes 323(6)
Kicking Against the Pricks 329(5)
Captain and Mrs. Frere 334(5)
In the Hospital 339(4)
The Consolation of Religion 343(4)
``A Natural Penitentiary'' 347(4)
A Visit of Inspection 351(10)
Gathering in the Threads 361(13)
Running the Gauntlet 374(7)
In the Night 381(7)
The Flight 388(5)
The Work of the Sea 393(13)
The Valley of the Shadow of Death 406(11)
Book Four Norfolk Island - 1846
Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James 417(12)
The Lost Heir 429(12)
Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James 441(8)
Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James 449(5)
Mr. Richard Devine Surprised 454(5)
In Which the Chaplain is Taken Ill 459(8)
Breaking a Man's Spirit 467(5)
Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James 472(5)
The Longest Straw 477(6)
A Meeting 483(8)
Extracted from the Diary of the Rev. James 491(4)
The Strange Behaviour of Mr. North 495(6)
Mr. North Speaks 501(6)
Getting Ready for Sea 507(10)
The Discovery 517(6)
Fifteen Hours 523(3)
The Redemption 526(6)
The Cyclone 532(6)
Epilogue 538(1)
Appendix 539