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Penal transportation, family history, and convict tourism


Maxwell-Stewart, H and Nicholson, L, Penal transportation, family history, and convict tourism, The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism, Palgrave Macmillan UK, JZ Wilson, S Hodgkinson, S Piche, and K Walby (ed), London, pp. 713-734. ISBN 978-1-137-56134-3 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1057/978-1-137-56135-0_34


The chapter explores the gap between the lived experience of Australia’s founding convict mothers and fathers and heritage site portrayals of penal transportation. It focuses particularly on Tasmania, formerly known as Van Diemen’s Land—which operated as a British penal colony in the years 1803–1853. We argue that a disproportionate number of convict heritage sites are located in former punishment stations. As such, much of the discourse about convict heritage interpretation has centered on the more brutal end of the system. While the use of punishment as a means of eliciting labor from convict bodies was an important part of convict experience, the measure of pain extracted was disproportionately borne by a few.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Prison Tourism, Dark Tourism, Convict Transportation, Family History
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:Nicholson, L (Ms Lydia Nicholson)
ID Code:124503
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP140100623)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-02-23
Last Modified:2018-05-14

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