A beast named Donald Trail: a reassessment of the life and legacy of an eighteenth century ‘arch-villain’

Daly, Scott (2016) A beast named Donald Trail: a reassessment of the life and legacy of an eighteenth century ‘arch-villain’. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    In June 1790 the Second Fleet of convict transport ships arrived in New South Wales, after a five-month voyage from Great Britain. The horrific conditions suffered by the transportees, and its death rate of 26% would ensure that the fleet became notorious in the historical memory of colonial Australia. Nearly all observers were in agreement that one man in particular was to blame, the master of the Neptune, Donald Trail.
    But who was Donald Trail? His reputation has long been cast as that of a brutal maritime villain, but curiously little has been known of his life before or after the fiasco of the Second Fleet. This dissertation seeks to redress this by presenting new primary research that will cast new light onto his character. He will be shown to be an individual with a broad range of motivations, whose life experiences can illuminate multiple historiographical fields, and call into question assertions previously made by historians about him.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 15:27
    Last Modified: 20 Jun 2016 15:27
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/20932

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