Thursday, April 03, 2008


One reason Great Britain was sorry it lost the War for American Independence is that in doing so it also lost a great place to dump its felons (give me your tired, your poor, your ethically challenged…). Luckily, Australia was available to take up the slack. In case you’re wondering if any of your forbears came to America because he or she had been “courted” (i.e., sentenced by an English court to “involuntary transport” to the colonies), here’s a database you can check:


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