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For the Term of His Natural Life

Marcus Clarke

1. 00 – Dedication and Prologue
2. 01 – Book 01 – The Sea 1827 Chapter 01 – The Prison Ship
3. 02 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 02 – Sarah Purfoy
4. 03 – Book 01 – The Sea 1827. Chapter 03 – The Monotony Breaks
5. 04 – Book 01 – The Sea 1827. Chapter 04 – The Hospital
6. 05 – Book 01 – The Sea 1827. Chapter 05 – The Barracoon
7. 06 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 06 – The Fate Of The Hydaspes
8. 07 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 07 – Typhus Fever
9. 08 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 08 – A Dangerous Crisis
10. 09 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 09 – Woman’s Weapons
11. 10 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 10 – Eight Bells
12. 11 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 11 – Discoveries And Confessions
13. 12 – Book 01 – The Sea. 1827. Chapter 12 – A Newspaper Paragraph
14. 13 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour 1833. Chapter 01 – The Topography of Van Dieman’s Land
15. 14 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour 1833. Chapter 02 – The Solitary of “Hell’s Gates”
16. 15 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour 1833. Chapter 03 – A Social Evening
17. 16 – Book 2 – Macquarie Harbour 1833. Chapter 04 – The Bolter
18. 17 – Book 2 – Macquarie Harbour, 1833. Chapter 05 – Sylvia
19. 18 – Book 2 – Macquarie Harbour, 1833. Chapter 06 – A Leap in the Dark
20. 19 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour, 1833. Chapter 07 – The Last of Macquarie Harbour
21. 20 – Book 2 – Macquarie Harbout, 1833. Chapter 08 – The Power of the Wilderness
22. 21 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour, 1833. Chapter 09 – The Seizure of the Osprey
23. 22 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 10 – John Rex’s Revenge
24. 23 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 11 – Left At Hells Gates
25. 24 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 12 – “Mr.” Dawes
26. 25 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 13 – What The Seaweed Suggested
27. 26 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 14 – A Wonderful Day’s Work
28. 27 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 15 – The Coracle
29. 28 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 16 – The Writing On The Sand
30. 29 – Book 02 – Macquarie Harbour. 1833. Chapter 17 – At Sea
31. 30 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 01 – A Labourer in the Vineyard
32. 31 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 02 – Sarah Purfoy’s Request
33. 32 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 03 – The Story of Two Birds of Prey
34. 33 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 04 – “The Notorious Dawes”
35. 34 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 05 – Maurice Frere’s Good Angel
36. 35 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 06 – Mr. Meekin Administers Consolation
37. 36 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 07 – Rufus Dawes’s Idyll
38. 37 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 08 – An Escape
39. 38 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 09 – John Rex’s Letter Home
40. 39 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 10 – What Became Of The Mutineers Of The
41. 40 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 11 – A Relic Of Macquarie Harbour
42. 41 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 12 – At Port Arthur
43. 42 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 13 – The Commandant’s Butler
44. 43 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 14 – Mr North’s Indisposition
45. 44 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 15 – One Hundred Lashes
46. 45 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 16 – Kicking Against The Pricks
47. 46 – Book 3 – Port Arthur – 1838. Chapter 17 – Captain and Mrs Frere
48. 47 – Book 03 – Port Arthur, 1838. Chapter 18 – In the Hospital
49. 48 – Book 03 – Port Arthur, 1838. Chapter 19 – The Consolations of Religion
50. 49 – Book 03 – Port Arthur, 1838. Chapter 20 – A Natural Penitentiary
51. 50 – Book 03 – Port Arthur, 1838. Chapter 21 – A Visit of Inspection
52. 51 – Book 03 – Port Arthur, 1833. Chapter 22 – Gathering in the Threads
53. 52 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 23 – Running The Gauntlet
54. 53 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 24 – In The Night
55. 54 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 25 – The Flight
56. 55 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 26 – The Work Of The Sea
57. 56 – Book 03 – Port Arthur. 1838. Chapter 27 – The Valley Of The Shadow Of Death
58. 57 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 01 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North
59. 58 – Book 4 – Norfolk Island, 1846. Chapter 02 – The Lost Heir
60. 59 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 03 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North
61. 60 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 04 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North
62. 61 – Book 4 – Norfolk Island, 1846. Chapter 05 – Mr Richard Devine Surprised
63. 62 – Book 4 – Norfolk Island, 1846. Chapter 06 – In Which the Chaplain is Taken Ill
64. 63 – Book 4 – Norfolk Island, 1846. Chapter 07 – Breaking a Man’s Spirit
65. 64 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 08 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North
66. 65 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 09 – The Longest Straw
67. 66 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 10 – A Meeting
68. 67 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 11 – Extracted From The Diary Of The Rev. James North
69. 68 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 12 – The Strange Behaviour Of Mr. North
70. 69 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 13 – Mr. North Speaks
71. 70 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 14 – Getting Ready For Sea
72. 71 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 15 – The Discovery
73. 72 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 16 – Fifteen Hours
74. 73 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 17 – The Redemption
75. 74 – Book 04 – Norfolk Island. 1846. Chapter 17 – The Cyclone
76. 75 – Epilogue

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Summary

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. (Wikipedia)