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Transportation from Britain and Ireland, 1615-1875


Maxwell-Stewart, H, Transportation from Britain and Ireland, 1615-1875, A Global History of Convicts and Penal Colonies, Bloomsbury Publishing Ple, C Anderson (ed), London, pp. 183-210. ISBN 9781350000674 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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Despite recent research which has revealed the extent to which penal transportation was employed as a labour mobilization device across the Western empires, the British remain the colonial power most associated with the practice. The role that convict transportation played in the British colonization of Australia is particularly well known. It should come as little surprise that the UNESCO World Heritage listing of places associated with the history of penal transportation is entirely restricted to Australian sites. The manner in which convict labour was utilized in the development of English (later British) overseas colonial concerns for the 170 years that proceeded the departure of the First Fleet for New South Wales in 1787 is comparatively neglected. There have been even fewer attempts to explain the rise and fall of transportation as a British institution from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:penal transportation, convicts, slavery, indenture, military service, British Empire
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:126833
Year Published:2018
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP140100783)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-06-27
Last Modified:2018-12-04

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