History lessons on holiday – a forgotten penal colony

The blog has been quiet as I have been sick, as well as some other challenging distractions.  Four weeks and two sets of antibiotics later, I am finally starting to feel human again.  So I have been a bit stuck for blog inspiration.   I thought about writing more about Perth and its history, including a spell as a British penal colony between 1850 – 1868.  However, as more people seem to read my travel posts, I have therefore decided to write about a lesser known yet fascinating former British Penal colony which I visited in February 2010.

When I told people I was going to the Andaman Islands, it prompted the “Where’s that? reaction.  Although geographically closer to Thailand, the Andaman and Nicobar islands are in fact Indian and its capital is Port Blair.  Continue reading