by Beverley Boissery, Independant Scholar. Published with Dundurn Press 1995.
In 1839, 58 men left Montreal for the penal colony of New South Wales. They were unimportant men outside their own parishes, ordinary people caught up in political events. Civilians, they were tried by court martial.Convicted of treason, their properties forfeited to the crown, they and their families paid a heavy price for rebellion. As convicts in Australia, they were the lowest of the low. But during their years there, they came to be respected by Sydney’s citizens. They are the only convicts sent to Australia who kept daily records of their experiences in 1840’s Sydney. A Deep Sense of Wrong shows the degradation of prison life and the triumph of the human spirit over overwhelming odds. Although the book offers serious analysis of the legal manipulations in the court martial, it is written for the non-expert who is interested in treason law or Quebec or Australian history.