go to the Bay

go to the Bay
   obsolete British
   to be transported to Australia as a prisoner
   The destination was Botany Bay in New South Wales:
    35 per cent are known to have been charged with as many as four earlier offences before they 'napped a winder' or 'went to the Bay'. (R. Hughes, 1987, rebutting the myth that other than hardened offenders were hanged or transported)

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