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What impact did the convicts of Western Australia make?

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2008-09-26 09:41:49

The Swan River colony (Western Australia), established on

Australia's western coast in 1829, was begun as a free settlement.

For the first fifteen years, the people of the colony were

generally opposed to accepting convicts, although the idea was

occasionally debated, especially by those who sought to employ

convict labour for building projects. Eventually convicts did come

to Western Australia, and they were used as a cheap form of labour

for many projects.

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