Australia may seem idyllic, but its past is rooted in bloody colonialism at its worst. Britain and Australia's fraught relationship can be traced in the soil of the continent. What would become a massive country started as a colony of exiles and convicts that were no longer desired in England. Accompanying them were members of the British military, many of them sadistic and violent. The eventual founders of Australia lived in harsh conditions, battling hunger and the elements, and inflicting atrocities on the indigenous population.
The British presence in Australia had a high capacity for cruelty. Whether it was toward the convicts, native Australians, or each other, many members of the military could make life horrific for others. This led to rebellions, escape attempts, and even political coups. But the most grave injustices were the massacres against Aboriginal Australians who originally inhabited the continent. They're some of the most brutal British Empire stories of all time.
Keep reading to learn more about Australia's violent history and Britain's dark past.
Terrible Relations With Aboriginal Australians Led To Massacres
Australia Started As England’s Penal Colony
Female Convicts Were Often Forced Into Prostitution
Aboriginal Australians Were Used As Slaves
English Settlers Tortured Convicts For Entertainment
There Were Bloody Rebellions Against British Rule