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of the colonists of New South Wales. By the mid-19th century the people
of Australia were objecting strongly to their country being used as
a dumping-ground for unwanted British criminals. They had been assured
in 1840 that New South Wales would no longer be used as a transportation
destination. Then, in 1847, the British government discussed renewing
the system, provoking protests like this one.