Representing Convicts: New Perspectives on Convict Forced Labour Migration
OverviewThe geographical focus of this text is largely the penal colonies of early colonial Australia, and the social focus is the system of forced migration utlizing free labour that existed in the late-18th and 19th centuries. Between 1787 and 1868, more than 160,000 individuals were transported from Britain and its colonies for penal offences. This text finds similarities between penal transportation, and other systems of unfree migration such as slavery and indentured labour, not only in terms of culture and experience of the convict migrants. Central to this study is the analysis of texts on transported convicts, which seeks to deconstruct both primary and secondary sources. Particular attention is given to convict women and the penal stations.