Story: History of immigration

‘A government jail gang, Sydney’

‘A government jail gang, Sydney’

Very few Europeans came to New Zealand in the 50 years after its rediscovery by Captain James Cook. Of those who did, many sailed across the Tasman Sea from Port Jackson (Sydney), which was a large convict settlement. This is a lithograph of a Sydney prison gang, whose villainous faces are somewhat exaggerated.

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National Library of Australia, Rex Nan Kivell Collection
Reference: nla.pic-an6065451
Lithograph after a drawing by Augustus Earle

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'History of immigration - Early years', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/1501/a-government-jail-gang-sydney (accessed 21 May 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Aug 2015