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(Port Arthur Occasional Papers No 2.) 171pp, sepia photographs and illustrations. Soft covers. A very good clean copy. ISBN 0957939477 ***Thompson was transported to Van Diemen's Land for burglary in 1841 and freed almost 12 years later, as the transportation era was ending. While under servitude he worked on various probation road gangs, underground at the notorious coal mines on the Tasman Peninsula, and in the timber gangs at Port Arthur. He was a skilled shoemaker and worked at his trade, both inside and outside the system. At the age of 80 he told his story to the photographer/antiquarian John Watt Beattie, who recorded it in two small notebooks. This is the first publication of Beattie's notes, reproduced in full, and supplemented by extensive explanatory footnotes, and further valuable contextual material.