An extract from a Norfolk Island convict on the rations they had to endure. He is named as 'Mortlock' and I feel he may be John Frederick Mortlock who was sentenced to 21 years transportation for 'shooting at his uncle Rev E Mortlock'..."I did it to frighten him". His surgeons report was 'remarkably good'. Some of that time he was on Norfolk but sent back to VDL in 1846. 'our fare was excessively meagre, at breakfast and supper we ate insipid hominy (made of unsifted Indian corn flour, boiled to the consistency of baked rice pudding, which it resembled only in appearance) nominally sweetened with an ounce of sugar per diem-really about half that quantity. A morsel of salt junk was served out for dinner, a nauseous, coarse, maize bread, tasting as if it were composed of sawdust......the debility brought on by this diet caused many deaths...for many months I never had anything like a full meal and gradually began to live without food' The daily hard labour and insufficient, monotonous rations provided for convicts on Norfolk Island must certainly have affected their health. Dysentery was the cause of many deaths on Norfolk Island. From Australian Historical Archaeology 2001.