[Episode 20 | 1818 : Charles]
Unlike his posh older brother John, Charles is enjoying building a fence on the farm. At the end of the fence line he encounters Liam, a convict who is on the run. Liam asks Charles to bring him some food and boots.
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The remoteness of Australia and its formidable landscape and harsh climate made this alien land an ideal choice as a penal settlement in the early 19th century. While the prospect of escape may initially have seemed inconceivable, the desire for freedom proved too strong for the many convicts who attempted to flee into the bush. Early escapees were misguided by the belief that China was only a couple of hundred kilometres to the north. Later, other convicts tried to escape by sea, heading across the Pacific Ocean. In this clip, Charles meets Liam, an escaped convict who is attempting to travel over the Blue Mountains to the west.
Student Activity Sheet H20.1: Escape!
In this clip, Charles and his brother John help out on the farm before they are sent back to England to go to school. In Britain at this time, universal education was not the responsibility of the government. The early Australian governors, however, considered the education of young children an important step towards the success of the colony. They believed that schooling would teach the children of emancipated convicts to respect the law and become useful members of society. Governor Macquarie established the first public charity school in Sydney, attended by children of the poorer settlers. By 1821, with Macquarie's support, 15 public charity schools had been established in Sydney and outlying areas such as Parramatta, Liverpool, Windsor, Wilberforce and Richmond.
Student Activity Sheet H 20.2: Schooling in the colony