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Convicts with the Van Diemen's Land Company


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Dean, GH 2007 , 'Convicts with the Van Diemen's Land Company', Other Degree thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The Van Diemen's Land Company was formed in 1825 to produce wool in
Van Diemen's Land for the British market. The company explored land in
the North West of the island for the purpose of locating a grant and
established settlements at Circular Head, Woolnorth, Emu Bay, Hampshire
and Surrey Hills.
Convicts were assigned as servants to the company and about four hundred
and twenty people spent periods ranging from several weeks to nearly a
decade as part of the labour force.
This thesis provides information about this labour force: their numbers,
their disposition, their occupations and their achievements. It investigates
what they ate, how they were accommodated and the hours that they
The convicts were subject to being physically flogged, discipline normal at
the time, but which we now find abhorrent and the record of punishments is
examined in detail.
Much of the history that has been written about the company relies heavily
on company sources. In this thesis particular value has been placed on
contemporary independent reports.
The company agent during the period 1825-1842 was Edward Curr and he
had a dominant influence on all aspects of company activities and
achievements, and therefore on the life and fate of servants assigned to the
company. Particular attention is given to the nature and extent of Curr's
character on the life and fate of convicts with the company.

Item Type: Thesis - Other Degree
Authors/Creators:Dean, GH
Keywords: Van Diemen's Land Company, Prisoners
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Copyright 2007 the Author

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Available for library use only and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (GradDipHum)--University of Tasmania, 2007. Includes bibliographical references

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