Enthusiasm in the east for the virtually unexplored territory of the far north-west of Australia proved to be sadly misplaced.
Three vessels carrying 124 men, women and children and thousands of head of livestock sailed to settle the land around Camden Harbour, in the Kimberley.
They sought a Utopia. They found death and dismay.
The award-winning There Were Three Ships tells the story of the expedition.
The author makes use of diaries and official records found in British and Australian archives.
Some are listed below, with other records that have come to light since the book’s first publication.