The men and women on our labels are not those of fiction – they were flesh and blood. Criminals and scholars. In history, they share a bond receiving ‘punishment by transportation’. It could have shattered their spirits. It didn’t. Today, we toast them and the principles they lived by.
Punishment by Transportation
It’s the Industrial Revolution, people were increasingly moving to cities, prisons were overcrowded, and petty crime was on the rise. After the Revolution of 1776 prevented transportation to America, Queen Victoria decided banishment to Australia would solve these problems.
Between 1788 and 1868, 165,000 convicts made the long voyage by sea to Australia. Times were tough for criminals, but these individuals were tougher. They survived the boat ride and the exile. Now their stories survive into the 21st century with 19 Crimes.
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