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By Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

In October 1827, 9 convicts who had persisted years of incredible cruelty by the hands of the approach opted for "state-assisted" get away. 5 terrified witnesses—their arms and ft bound—were compelled to monitor because the chained convicts seized Constable George Rex and drowned him within the tannin-stained waters of the harbour. while the sentence of dying used to be stated upon them, the condemned prisoners uttered only one observe in answer: Amen.

For 12 lengthy years among 1822 and 1834, Sarah Island in Macquarie Harbour was once the main feared position in Australia. Clinging to the beaches of the wild west coast of Tasmania and hemmed in on either side by means of rugged uncharted barren region, the surroundings itself shaped the legal partitions that restrained the unlucky convict re-offenders who have been despatched there. however the stipulations have been so brutal that many went mad, or selected demise or a really doubtful break out into the bush instead of spend their time during this infamous position. in keeping with unique bills from the time, Closing Hell's Gates comprises dozens of private tales of the tough and unforgiving lifestyles that folks have been compelled to steer, either as convict and overseer, and in so doing finds a few startling insights approximately human nature while it's driven to extremes.

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