Prison: Thornhill has to go to prison because of stealing wood. In stead of being hanged, he is sentenced to the penal colony in NSW for the rest of his life. The penal colony is a prison to him as well. When he is finally a free man, Sal feels like a prisoner, keeping a tally of the weeks on a tree, counting the days until they will return to England. The native people feel like prisoners as well. They feel entitled to the land, but they are denied in every way, leaving them with nothing.