Convict New Chums
AN ACCOUNT OF CONVICT ‘NEW CHUMS’ IN HOBART
From Life of John Broxup, Published Leeds, 1850.
The first morning we landed in Hobart town we had one pound and three quarters of coarse brown bread, served out to each man, and shortly after we had a tub of what they called ‘Scotch Coffee’, served out to each man, this coffee was made of roasted wheat. At dinner time the men’s mess came out again in tubs or kids, consisting of a mess of potatoes, meat, carrots, turnips and what they called soup, it looked more fit for pigs that human beings. We were supposed to get half-pound of meat and bone, but the cook took care that the ‘new chums’ as they called us, had no half-pound – they robbed us and sold it to those who had money.