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Prison and the colonial family


Maxwell-Stewart, H and Inwood, K and Stankovich, J, Prison and the colonial family, The History of the Family, 20, (2) pp. 231-248. ISSN 1081-602X (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1081602X.2015.1006654


Between 1865 and 1924, descriptions of 39,000 discharged prisoners were circulated via the pages of the Tasmanian Police Gazette. This article examines ways in which these detailed records can be used to shed light on childhood experience in this former British penal colony. The authors compare height measurements for Tasmanian-born prisoners with those for British and Irish migrants in order to explore the social and environmental circumstances that helped to shape metropolitan and colonial nineteenth-century family life. The article also examines the extent to which convict transportation advantaged or disadvantaged the growth trajectories of colonially born children. In order to examine this in greater depth, the authors link discharged prison records to birth certificates, enabling them to assess the extent to which the occupation of fathers and the district of birth within the colony impacted on height. The authors also examine the extent to which children with one or more convict parent were disadvantaged compared to those for whom no evidence of convict ancestry could be found.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Penal History, History of Crime, History of the Family; convict transportation; penal colony; anthropometric history; juvenile
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, H (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
UTAS Author:Stankovich, J (Dr Jim Stankovich)
ID Code:100358
Year Published:2015
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP140102231)
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-05-13
Last Modified:2019-01-04
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