For the Term of His Natural Life

Marcus CLARKE (1846 - 1881)

For the Term of his Natural Life, written by Marcus Clarke, was published in the Australian Journal between 1870 and 1872 (as His Natural Life), appearing as a novel in 1874. It is the best known novelisation of life as a convict in early Australian history. Described as a "ripping yarn", and at times relying on seemingly implausible coincidences, the story follows the fortunes of Rufus Dawes, a young man transported for a murder which he did not commit. The harsh and inhumane treatment meted out to the convicts, some of whom were transported for relatively minor crimes, is clearly conveyed. The conditions experienced by the convicts are graphically described. The novel was based on research by the author as well as a visit to the penal settlement of Port Arthur, Tasmania. (summary from Wikipedia)

Genre(s): Historical Fiction

Language: English

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Play 00 Dedication and Prologue Landii
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Play 01 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 01 - The Prison Ship Landii
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Play 02 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 02 - Sarah Purfoy Landii
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Play 03 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 03 - The Monotony Breaks Landii
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Play 04 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 04 - The Hospital Landii
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Play 05 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 05 - The Barracoon Landii
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Play 06 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 06 – The Fate Of The "Hydaspes" Arfuhrm
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Play 07 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 07 – Typhus Fever Arfuhrm
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Play 08 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 08 - A Dangerous Crisis Arfuhrm
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Play 09 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 09 – Woman's Weapons Arfuhrm
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Play 10 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 10 – Eight Bells Arfuhrm
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Play 11 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 11 – Discoveries And Confessions Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 12 Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 12 – A Newspaper Paragraph Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 13 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 01 - The Topography Of Van Diemen's Land Landii
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Play 14 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 02 – The Solitary Of "Hell's Gates" Landii
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Play 15 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 03 - A Social Evening Landii
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Play 16 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 04 - The Bolter Landii
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Play 17 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 05 - Sylvia Landii
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Play 18 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 06 - A Leap In The Dark Landii
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Play 19 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 07 – The Last Of Macquarie Harbour Landii
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Play 20 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 08 – The Power Of The Wilderness Landii
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Play 21 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 09 – The Seizure Of The "Osprey" Landii
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Play 22 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 10 – John Rex's Revenge Jesse Noar
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Play 23 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 11 – Left At "Hells Gates" Jesse Noar
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Play 24 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 12 – "Mr." Dawes Jesse Noar
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Play 25 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 13 – What The Seaweed Suggested Magdalena
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Play 26 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 14 – A Wonderful Day's Work Magdalena
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Play 27 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 15 – The Coracle Magdalena
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Play 28 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 16 – The Writing On The Sand Magdalena
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Play 29 Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 17 - At Sea Magdalena
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Play 30 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 01 - A Labourer In The Vineyard Tony Ashworth
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Play 31 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 02 – Sarah Purfoy's Request Tony Ashworth
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Play 32 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 03 – The Story Of Two Birds Of Prey Tony Ashworth
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Play 33 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 04 – "The Notorious Dawes" Tony Ashworth
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Play 34 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 05 – Maurice Frere's Good Angel Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 35 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 06 – Mr. Meekin Administers Consolation Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 36 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 07 – Rufus Dawes's Idyll Magdalena
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Play 37 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 08 – An Escape Magdalena
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Play 38 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 09 – John Rex's Letter Home Magdalena
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Play 39 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 10 – What Became Of The Mutineers Of The "Osprey" Magdalena
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Play 40 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 11 – A Relic Of Macquarie Harbour Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 41 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 12 – At Port Arthur Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 42 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 13 – The Commandant's Butler Mark Welch
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Play 43 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 14 – Mr North's Indisposition Mark Welch
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Play 44 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 15 – One Hundred Lashes TriciaG
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Play 45 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 16 – Kicking Against The Pricks TriciaG
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Play 46 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 17 – Captain And Mrs. Frere Landii
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Play 47 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 18 – In The Hospital Landii
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Play 48 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 19 – The Consolations Of Religion Landii
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Play 49 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 20 – A Natural Penitentiary Landii
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Play 50 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 21 - A Visit Of Inspection Landii
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Play 51 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 22 – A Gathering In The Threads Landii
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Play 52 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 23 – Running The Gauntlet Magdalena
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Play 53 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 24 – In The Night Magdalena
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Play 54 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 25 – The Flight Jesse Noar
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Play 55 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 26 – The Work Of The Sea Magdalena
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Play 56 Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 27 – The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death Magdalena
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Play 57 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 01 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North Tony Ashworth
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Play 58 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 02 – The Lost Heir Landii
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Play 59 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 03 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North Tony Ashworth
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Play 60 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 04 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North Tony Ashworth
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Play 61 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 05 – Mr. Richard Devine Surprised Landii
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Play 62 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 06 – In Which the Chaplain Is Taken Ill Landii
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Play 63 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 07 – Breaking A Man's Spirit Landii
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Play 64 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 08 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North Magdalena
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Play 65 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 09 – The Longest Straw Magdalena
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Play 66 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 10 – A Meeting TriciaG
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Play 67 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 11 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North TriciaG
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Play 68 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 12 – The Strange Behaviour Of Mr. North TriciaG
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Play 69 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 13 – Mr. North Speaks TriciaG
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Play 70 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 14 – Getting Ready For Sea TriciaG
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Play 71 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 15 – The Discovery Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 72 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 16 – Fifteen Hours Lucy Burgoyne
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Play 73 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 17 – The Redemption Sibella Denton
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Play 74 Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 18 – The Cyclone Sibella Denton
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Play 75 Epilogue Landii
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