What untold secrets did they take with them? They sailed from Portsmouth, England, between 1787 and 1791 to an unknown world with a cargo of mainly convicts to start an experiment in self sufficiency in a strange new land on the other side of the planet already inhabited for maybe 80,000 years by the Australian aborigine.
They had nothing except for what they brought with them on sailing ships which, in many cases, were not up to the trip. Nor were many of the passengers. They left behind families and loved ones, for good.
They set out on a long up to 11 month long voyage at sea into the unknown.
They were going for life.
Many died on the voyage.
Only now I have learned of the mystery.
Actually, more than one mystery.
One concerns an all female convict ship the ‘Lady Juliana’.
Another is the ‘Mary Ann’.
Yet another is the ‘Lady Nelson’, not part of the First Fleets arriving in Port Jackson (Sydney) 9 years later.
The biggest mystery of the lot involves the enigmatic Commander of the ‘Lady Nelson’ who took over in an emergency at the age of just 23 or 24.
Who was he, what was his mysterious past and what was his explosive secret?
Was he, I wonder, a legitimate son to Maria Fitzherbert and the Prince of Wales, King George IV?
The evidence is all there in my fun and entertaining romantic historical mystery ‘Back to the Wall’.
In the book, full of twists and turns, you can read how the mystery unfolded for me as I chased the clues across three countries as well as here in Australia and New Zealand.
You’ll read of Australia’s only military coup, of confrontations with the Maori Chief Ti-Pahi, of drama on the High Seas with equipment and men washed overboard, lost anchors and torn sails, of convicts who escaped from early settlements to live with the aborigines, of a secret royal wedding, of a King’s physician banished to the colonies for life because of what he knew, of another little-known mutiny against William Bligh of ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’ fame and of his return to England to face court marshal, and more.
Then there’s the ghost that started this all off. But that’s another story you’ll read in the book.
It’s a non-stop adventure with twists and turns from cover to cover.