Two men Private Suds and Private Thompson deliberately stole a piece of cloth to get caught. They thought that convicts had better lives than soldiers. Convicts got assigned hours, good pay and when they have done their time they can apply for land grants. But Governor Darling was furious and wanted to make an example of these two and made their punishment HARSH! They were put in chains and made to work on roads. The chains made it impossible to walk or stand properly, five days later Private Suds died.
Why were the chains so heavy? How did Private Suds get ill?
I understand why their punishment was so bad.
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