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‘The Same Measure of Justice’: Aboriginal convicts in the Australian penal colonies


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Harman, KE (2009) ‘The Same Measure of Justice’: Aboriginal convicts in the Australian penal colonies. Australian Studies, 1 (1).

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During the first half of the nineteenth century, one of the uses Britain made of its Australian penal colonies was as a repository for incorrigible indigenes from its various colonies. Included amongst this largely forgotten cohort were several dozen Aboriginal men transported from New South Wales. Sent to such far-flung places as Van Diemen’s Land and Norfolk Island, Aboriginal captives were incorporated into the system and worked as convicts. Factors that set them apart from other convicts include their different pathways into captivity, their different understandings of and responses to imprisonment, and the different rationale informing the punishment meted out to them by the colonial authorities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Harman, KE
Keywords: Aboriginal convicts, Van Diemen's Land, Norfolk Island, New South Wales, Aborigines, convicts
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Studies
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2010 02:36
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2010 02:36
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