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Protecting the Children: Early Years of the King's Orphan Schools in Van Diemen's Land


Frost, Lucy, Protecting the Children: Early Years of the King's Orphan Schools in Van Diemen's Land, Coolabah, 10, (Pacific Solutions in Hindsight) pp. 88-100. ISSN 1988-5946 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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In the second decade of the 21st century, the Australian government has encountered a barrage of criticism from people outraged by its treatment of refugees. The Immigration Minister, accused of failing in his obligation to act as guardian of asylum-seeking children, has talked ‘tough’. Nearly two hundred years earlier, when Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur confronted the problems of administering Australia’s second colony, Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), his approach was radically different. This paper considers how the colony under Arthur struggled with the government’s responsibility to protect vulnerable children in its midst.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Orphan Schools; Female Convicts; Colonial Australia
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Frost, Lucy (Professor Lucy Frost)
ID Code:88861
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-02-19
Last Modified:2014-04-23
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