The cohort of free men who came to Australia after the Napoleonic Wars comprised military officials appointed to administer the penal colony, ordinary soldiers in military detachments guarding the convicts, and a number of free settlers
The tension between the free settlers
and the criminal interlopers made for a highly charged atmosphere, and one in need of a firm hand.
The initial population were convicts and their jailers; they were not free settlers
and they had not chosen to emigrate.
Later, when free settlers
arrived in greater numbers to settle the flat plains, the surrounding hills and mountain ranges 'ensured a sanctuary for the poor where a degree of independence and freedom could long be maintained'.
In some cases these include records of members of convicts' families transported as free settlers
The statuesque Oscar-winner, who has loved Ireland ever since she filmed Far and Away in Co Kerry with ex-hubby Tom Cruise 16 years ago, added: "They came to Australia as free settlers
in the 1800s with a pioneering spirit.
Convicts typically served their sentence building roads, bridges and buildings or for free settlers
According to this story, virtually a whole people was wilfully exterminated by the incoming British--the rulers, soldiers, convicts, and free settlers