[Episode 19 | 1828 : Alice]
Freddie tells Alice about his forging history while they paint a piglet black. They then switch it with George's piglet Benny in order to fix the race. When Alice awakes she's shocked to find there is something wrong with Wilhelmina.
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Penalties for crime were very harsh in Alice's era. Something that might be considered a minor offence by today's standards could result in a sentence of many years of hard labour or even lead to death in 1828.
Student Activity Sheet H19.5: Crime and punishment
In this clip, a convict talks about committing the crime of forgery. Skilled forgers were often caught making illegal copies of banknotes in Alice's era. The use of money was different from today. Early Australian settlements often lacked sufficient legal currency to support the colony's fledging economy, forcing the use of alternative means of monetary exchange. From 1825, English currency became the official currency of the colonies, using the imperial system of pounds, shillings and pence. It replaced the 'holey dollar' that Governor Macquarie had used as currency.
Student Activity Sheet: H19.6 Money for goods