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A Cruel and Desperate Man?


In 1820 Joseph and Judah Solomon, shopkeepers, are transported for Life for ‘hiring burglars to repossess unpaid goods’. Most convicts arrive penniless, but they come with 60 pounds. As convicts they’re bound over to work without pay. But ‘on the side’ they rent and fit out a general store in Hobart. Within a year they’re trading as J. & J. Solomon. Later when the partnership founders, the brothers established separate lives at opposite ends of the Colony. It’s more than geography that divides them. It’s also a matter of faith.

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