Tim Causer is a Senior Research Associate at the Bentham Project in UCL's Faculty of Laws. He is a historian of convict transportation, and his research has focused upon the infamous penal station at Norfolk Island (1825-55). He was formerly the co-ordinator of the award-winning Transcribe Bentham initiative, and-in a project funded by the AHRC-is currently investigating and editing Bentham's writings on transportation, Australia, and colonialism. He is also the editor of the Journal of Bentham Studies.
'Accessible and interesting to a general reader, it will also be a
valuable tool for those who teach Australian history providing, as
it has always done, the attraction of an amazing escapade with
heroes and a heroine.' Babette Smith, The Australian
'The quality of the reproductions of the Memorandums and of the 25 illustrations, many of them exquisite, are of the highest order. Both editor and publisher are to be congratulated on making this valuable and intriguing primary source available to a wider readership in such an admirable fashion.'
Tasmanian Historical Studies
'The strength of this edition is the quality of the sepia reproductions and the excellent introduction. The uncertain handwriting, replete with semi-literate colloquialisms and ingenuous spellings, brings us closer to its authors and deep into their story. The volume is edited by historian Tim Causer, a specialist on convict transportation and the philosopher and jurist Jeremy Bentham. Causer's introduction distils an impressive amount of research into short essays on the historical context of transportation, convict life in New South Wales, the lure of escape and Bentham's hostility to the colony.' Australian Review of Books
'A meticulous transcription ...it exposes the extent to which historians' readings of early colonial sources are shaped and driven by questions about our present.'
Journal of Australian Studies
'This new edition by Causer supercedes... earlier ones, benefitting from a superb scholarly introduction, detailed annotations, and full-colour reproductions of each page of the narrative, with transcription on the adjacent page. Being able to see the archival material so clearly brings to life the dangers the absconders faced on their voyage, whilst Causer's annotations are particularly helpful to pinpoint the exact location and nautical references made within the narrative. As an open access publication, it would be a particularly useful teaching tool for students on courses relating to maritime voyaging, European-Indigenous encounters and convict escapes.'
Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History