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Landscapes of production and punishment: convict labour in the Australian context

Tuffin, R, Gibbs, M, Roberts, David, Maxwell-Stewart, H ORCID: 0000-0001-7336-0953, Roe, D, Steele, J, Hood, S and Godfrey, B 2018 , 'Landscapes of production and punishment: convict labour in the Australian context' , Journal of Social Archaeology, vol. 18, no. 1 , pp. 50-76 , doi:

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This paper presents an interdisciplinary project that uses archaeological and historical sources to explore the formation of a penal landscape in the Australian colonial context. The project focuses on the convict-period legacy of the Tasman Peninsula (Tasmania, Australia), in particular the former penal station of Port Arthur (1830–1877). The research utilises three exceptional data series to examine the impact of convict labour on landscape and the convict body: the archaeological record of the Tasman Peninsula, the life course data of the convicts and the administrative record generated by decades of convict labour management. Through these, the research seeks to demonstrate how changing ideologies affected the processes and outcomes of convict labour and its products, as well as how the landscapes we see today were formed and developed in response to a complex interplay of multi-scalar penological and economic influences.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Tuffin, R and Gibbs, M and Roberts, David and Maxwell-Stewart, H and Roe, D and Steele, J and Hood, S and Godfrey, B
Keywords: convicts, penal history, historical archaeology, history, colonial Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Archaeology
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1469-6053
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