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'Policy on the run' : transportation, the law, and empire : the case of Van Diemen's Land


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Gunn, TPV (2008) 'Policy on the run' : transportation, the law, and empire : the case of Van Diemen's Land. PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The approach to the bicentennial of the British settlement of Australia in 1988
generated renewed interest in a broad spectrum of Australian history. One genre that
was heavily revised was that of convict studies. Convicts and convictism and their
role in the early development of white settlement have been much re-examined. A
significant body of work has been focussed on convicts as unfree labour and
unwilling emigrants. Because of this focus emphasis has been placed on convict
agency and their ability to resist the system. As a body they have been dissected into
micro groups to explain how the system then impacted on the individual. Few works
have looked the other way and seen how the individual impacted on the system. By
both their presence and their agency, convicts forced changes to the way in which the
Empire conducted transportation. This thesis examines these aspects to see how this
took place. That examination is then taken further to look at how changes to the
system of transportation impacted not only on the obvious relationship between the
various Australian colonies, but also those colonies relations with others within the
British Empire, and ultimately on how it impacted on relations between the colonies
and the metropolis. While writers such as Hirst, Sturma, Neal, and Atkinson have
examined aspects of convict impact on colonial society and its development, their
work has been largely introspective with their focus on New South Wales prior to
1840. This thesis aims to broaden the examination to include the effects created by
continued transportation to Van Diemen's Land and, later, Western Australia.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Gunn, TPV
Keywords: Prisoners, Penal transportation, Penal colonies, Convict labor
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Available for use in the Library but NOT for copying until 11 August 2010. After that date, available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references. 1. A prison wall 14,000 kilometres thick -- 2. An old case through (Jane) New eyes -- 3. And then there were two -- 4. Strange ideas of freedom -- 5. A diversity of systems -- 6. Touched by the breath of penal atmosphere -- 7. The notorious Johnny May -- 8. Objectionable on the grounds of equity and policy -- 9. The duty of all true and loyal subjects -- 10. Transportation by stealth

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