Dan and Josh, great points! I would also like to think that Australia would have been built even if the Revolution did not happen simply because it’s hard to hide a land mass that big! In Australia we really value our convict heritage, if you can trace your lineage back to a convict from the First Fleet you are in effect Australian Blue Blood, sort of like the Mayflower here. If you get a chance a like Podcasts check out the Podcast Angry History, they try very hard to right the wrongs of history, particularly the show called Australian a Founding a Convicts. This has some great points similar to what I mentioned here.