Macquarie Harbour was Tasmania where convicts who committed crimes else where in Tasmania were sent for punishment. One shch convict was an Irishman,
Alexander Pearce, who became Australia's most notorious convict escaper. Pearce was trasported to Hobart in 1820 for stealling six pairs of shoes.In Tasmania,was cotinually in trouble-escaping,stealling and getting drunk.Then,when he was cought for forging a two pound bank note,he was sent to Macquarie Harbour.Life in Macquarie Harbour was hellish,days turned into weeks,weeks turned into months. They were work like slaves, cutting timber and breaking rocks from daylight to dust and if they showed the slightest sign of disobedience, they were given 100 lashews with the o-nine-tails. Many convicts thought constantly about escaping, by fleeing thought the bushers or by taking their own lives. Pearce put those thoughts into action,twice. Pearce first escaped in september 1822 with a gang of seven other convicts,including Robert Greenhill and william dalton he stole about and rowed across the harbour to freedom. From there they begain cutting their way through the rain forest of tasmanians wilderness,hoping to cross the mountains to the Derwent River.There they planned to sleal a schooer and sail back to England.Five convicts died Pearce and Robert ate William.The next day Pearce and Robert look at each other all day then Robert picked up a axe so did Alexander Pearce. Pearce won the fight then he ate him. Pearce was found and seen back to Macquarie.Pearce was a hero to convicts.In 1822 Pearce and a other convict escaped and joined a gang of bush ranger.The gang was found in 1823 he was seen to death he said that he ate 3 people then he died