[PW] ?Australian quote

John Henderson jrhenderson9 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 26 20:42:51 PDT 2018


Thanks to all for the lively and insightful responses. The version “Thank God we got the convicts instead of the Puritans!” does sound like the wording remembered. 

John Henderson
Ithaca College Library

> On Mar 19, 2018, at 1:49 PM, John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Quite a few years ago I heard an Australian being quoted as saying “I’d rather live in a nation founded by convicts than Puritans.”
> Three related questions. 
> Who said it? 
> What was the exacting wording?
> Is this actually a common saying in Australia instead of one that should be attributed to a specific individual. The closest I’ve found are related sentiments of Stella Maria Miles Franklin.
> 
> John Henderson
> Ithaca College Library


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