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Convict experience and the Patriot Exiles

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Maxwell-Stewart, H ORCID: 0000-0001-7336-0953 2017 , 'Convict experience and the Patriot Exiles' , Australasian Canadian Studies, vol. 34, no. 1-2 , pp. 119-133 .

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Abstract

Eight-eight Patriot Exiles were transported to Van Diemen'sLand in the wake of the abortive Canadian rebellions of 1837-38. Intheir published accounts these prisoners railed against the injustice oftransportation and the brutality meted out to them. They charged theGovernor of Van Diemen's Land, John Franklin, who they thought hadsingled them out far particularly savage treatment. Contrasting theirexperiences with those of the British and Irish criminals who they wereforced to work alongside, they complained that they were particularlyhard done by. This paper uses data drawn from a longitudinal sample ofconvict records to place the Patriot claims within comparative perspective.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Maxwell-Stewart, H
Keywords: Patriot Exile, penal transportation, convict, unfree labour, labour exploitation
Journal or Publication Title: Australasian Canadian Studies
Publisher: Association for Canadian Studies in Australia and New Zealand
ISSN: 1832-5408
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