Tasmania's Convicts: How Felons Built a Free Society

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - History - 646 pages
To the convicts arriving in Van Diemen's Land' it must have felt as though they'd been sent to the very ends of the earth. In Tasmania's Convicts Alison Alexander tells the history of the men and women transported to what became one of Britain's most notorious convict colonies. Following the lives of dozens of convicts and their families' she uncovers stories of success' failure' and everything in between. While some suffered harsh conditions' most served their time and were freed' becoming ordinary and peaceful citizens. Yet over the decades' a terrible stigma became associated with the convicts' and they and the whole colony went to extraordinary lengths to hide it. The majority of Tasmanians today have convict ancestry' whether they know it or not. While the public stigma of its convict past has given way to a contemporary fascination with colonial history' Alison Alexander debates whether the convict past lingers deep in the psyche of white Tasmania.
 

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Contents

CONVICTS IN BRITAIN AND ON THE HIGH SEAS 3 CONVICTS UNDER ASSIGNMENT IN VAN DIEMENS
16
LAND
47
CONVICTS AFTER SENTENCE
71
CONVICT AND FREE
106
THE TRANSPORTATION DEBATE
138
THE CONVICT STIGMA
174
FORGETTING THE PAST 209 8 INITIAL EFFORTS TO DEFEAT THE CONVICT STIGMA
242
FOR THE TERM OF HIS NATURAL LIFE
264
THE ONE FORBIDDEN SUBJECT
313
PAVING THE WAY 351 12 A THING OF WHICH WE MAY WELL FEEL PROUD
384
OUT IN THE OPEN
418
HOW MANY CONVICTS LEFT VAN DIEMENS
445
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
467
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
518
BACK COVER MATERIAL
531
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