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Mutiny at Deloraine: Ganging and Convict Resistance in 1840s Van Diemen's Land


Dunning, TP and Maxwell-Stewart, HJ, Mutiny at Deloraine: Ganging and Convict Resistance in 1840s Van Diemen's Land, Labour History, May 2002, (82) pp. 35-47. ISSN 0023-6942 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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An incident of alleged animal maiming occurred in October 1845. In this article we attempt firstly to explain why and how it happened. Secondly, we try to discover the conflicting meanings that various contemporaries gave to this occurrence. We believe that the explanation of the event lies in the nature of ganged labour employed at Deloraine and the complex relationships that existed in 1845 between this ganged labour and the convict administration. Equally important to this complex social interaction are the various meanings given to this episode. The most available representations are of those of middle-class moralists. More difficult to reveal is the oppositional significance attributed to this event by the convicts themselves as they attempted to resist both the practices of the convict administration and the moral justifications for these practices.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
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:Dunning, TP (Dr Tom Dunning)
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, HJ (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
ID Code:24228
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2002-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-02
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