This is the first book to apply new academic understandings of the convict transportation system to explore the lives of individual convicts. In searching for the convict voice, each chapter is a detective story in miniature, either an exercise in discovering the identity behind a particular account or a piecing together of a convict life from the scattered fragments of a tale. Many issues of great contemporary interest arise from these stories, including the multicultural nature of Australian colonial society and, above all, the importance of love and hope.
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Lucy Frost is a professor of English at the University of Tasmania. Her research is primarily in colonial Australian studies. She lives in Hobart, Tasmania. Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is a research fellow in history and classics at the University of Tasmania. He has published many articles and chapters on convict transportation to Australia. He lives in Hobart, Tasmania.
“This is a book that deserves to be added to any serious consideration of the convict world, and should entertain the curious general reader as well.” —Australian Book Review
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