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Transporting Visitors into Tasmania’s Convict Past


Harman, K and Thomas, A, Transporting Visitors into Tasmania's Convict Past, Tourism in Tasmania, Forty South Publishing Pty Ltd, CS Ooi and A Hardy (ed), Hobart, pp. 125-136. ISBN 9780648675761 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2019 Kristyn Harman and Angela Thomas

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Tasmania’s convict sites have become a drawcard for visitors as the Tasmanian Gothic sensibility has gripped the imaginations of artists and the general public alike. Visitor numbers to Tasmanian convict sites have grown to unprecedented levels. This phenomenon can usefully be explored through the theoretical lens of thanatourism, the study of travel to sites associated with human suffering and death. This chapter presents case studies drawn from Port Arthur, the Cascades Female Factory and the Penitentiary Chapel to illustrate the ways in which the Tasmanian convict story is being told, including which stories are present, and which are elided.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:history, Tasmania, Australia, convicts, tourism
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 history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Harman, K (Associate Professor Kristyn Harman)
UTAS Author:Thomas, A (Dr Angela Thomas)
ID Code:135678
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-11-07
Last Modified:2020-01-31

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