A Convict Legacy
Over the past week, I have released the story of George Brand: A Convict Success Story. If you missed this series, you can read about him at the following links. For those of you who have already read them, I really hope you enjoyed hearing about George and the Australia convict system that he became a part of.
If you have missed this series, click on a link below to read the story of George Brand
Many Australian’s are proud of their convict ancestry and I am proud to have George in my tree. As you would note, having read about him, he had a lot of charges listed against him. After transportation, he could easily have chosen to go on his criminal ways but instead saw this punishment as an opportunity to reform. It was wonderful that his family were able to join him and that they were all able to forge successful lives for themselves.
I love the fact that his grandson went on to become the longest-serving premier of Western Australia, Sir David Brand. It showed that the system worked, that anybody could become what they wanted through hard work and dedication. Many things are named after David – the Brand highway, the electorate of Brand, Sir Brand School. I know our family is proud of the legacy left behind by both George and his grandson, David.
Tomorrow I will release another, Stories Under the Tree, this time a fictional story, The Sentence, about George based on the known records. On Saturday I will release, The Journey, another fictional story but from Isabella, George’s wife’s, perspective. So keep a lookout for those! I hope you will enjoy reading these as you see history come to life.