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Convict experience and the Patriot Exiles


Maxwell-Stewart, H, Convict experience and the Patriot Exiles, Australasian Canadian Studies, 34, (1-2) pp. 119-133. ISSN 1832-5408 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Eight-eight Patriot Exiles were transported to Van Diemen's Land in the wake of the abortive Canadian rebellions of 1837-38. In their published accounts these prisoners railed against the injustice of transportation and the brutality meted out to them. They charged the Governor of Van Diemen's Land, John Franklin, who they thought had singled them out far particularly savage treatment. Contrasting their experiences with those of the British and Irish criminals who they were forced to work alongside, they complained that they were particularly hard done by. This paper uses data drawn from a longitudinal sample of convict records to place the Patriot claims within comparative perspective.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Patriot Exile, penal transportation, convict, unfree labour, labour exploitation
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:North American history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, H (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
ID Code:130566
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP140100783)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-02-04
Last Modified:2019-03-07

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