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Landscapes of production and punishment: convict labour in the Australian context


Tuffin, R and Gibbs, M and Roberts, D and Maxwell-Stewart, H and Roe, D and Steele, J and Hood, S and Godfrey, B, Landscapes of production and punishment: convict labour in the Australian context, Journal of Social Archaeology, 18, (1) pp. 50-76. ISSN 1469-6053 (2018) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1469605317748387


This paper presents an interdisciplinary project that uses archaeological and historical sources to explore the formation of a penal landscape in the Australian colonial context. The project focuses on the convict-period legacy of the Tasman Peninsula (Tasmania, Australia), in particular the former penal station of Port Arthur (18301877). The research utilises three exceptional data series to examine the impact of convict labour on landscape and the convict body: the archaeological record of the Tasman Peninsula, the life course data of the convicts and the administrative record generated by decades of convict labour management. Through these, the research seeks to demonstrate how changing ideologies affected the processes and outcomes of convict labour and its products, as well as how the landscapes we see today were formed and developed in response to a complex interplay of multi-scalar penological and economic influences.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:convicts, penal history, historical archaeology, history, colonial Australia
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)
ID Code:125077
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP170103642)
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-03-27
Last Modified:2018-12-04

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