What impact did the convicts of Western Australia make?
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.