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The Tolpuddle Martyrs were a group of agricultural labourers who were tried and transported to Australia for the 'crime' of trying to form a union. Their story is key to the formation of modern trades unionism. Buy books, gifts and memorabilia about the Martyrs and the labour movement. 

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Shop : Tolpuddle Books : The Horrors of Transportation

The Horrors of Transportation – A Narrative 

first published for the Dorchester Committee in 1838 

Reprinted by the TUC Tolpuddle Martyrs Memorial Trust 2005 

Statements in their own words by four of the Martyrs telling of the sufferings experienced and the injustice served them during their transportation. Read how John Standfield was told he was not ‘due’ any food until he had been there two days. How his father Thomas was sent for weeks to an out –station looking after sheep and was found covered in sores, weak and helpless. Was transportation really a way of punishment or a way to increase the population in Britain’s colonies by the Establishment?


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