Did you know the term luddite has at is source a connection to textiles? Jerry has written a post on Arkwright’s textile machines that he spotted in the London’s Science Museum. These machines are the machines Ned Ludd and his Luddites protested against.
In poking around a little on the history of the luddites I came across this brief article on the luddite movement which says that in the summer of 1812, some of the Lancashire protesters were transported to Australia. I wonder how they felt about the back breaking work of building a colony and how they faired after serving their sentence?