Life Courses of Young Convicts Transported to Van Diemen’s Land
I have a new book out this February. This monograph is the culmination of my PhD research. I conducted this research at the University of Liverpool, as part of the Digital Panopticon. I am now a Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Roehampton.The book is available to buy HERE.
Drawing on digital criminal records, this book traces the life courses of young convicts who were sentenced at the Old Bailey and transported to Van Diemen’s Land in the early 19th century. It explores the everyday lives of the convicts pre- and post-transportation, focusing on their crimes, punishments, education, employment and family life right up to their deaths.
I contextualized these young convicts within the punishment system, economy and culture that they were thrust into by their forced movement to Australia. This allows an understanding of the factors which determined their chances of achieving a ‘settled life’ away from crime in the colony.
Packed with case studies offering vivid accounts of the offenders’ lives, I hope Life Courses of Young Convicts Transported to Van Diemen’s Land makes an important contribution to the history of transportation, social history and Australian history.
“Until now we have lacked a good history of the penal transportation of boys to Van Diemen’s Land. The life-course approach adopted here shows us how transportation affected the boys sent to Australia, and puts their experiences within the perspective of the whole of their post-conviction lives.” – Barry Godfrey, Professor of Social Justice, University of Liverpool, UK