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Title: 'Uninformed and impractical'? The convict probation system and its impact upon the landscape of 1840s Van Diemen’s Land
Contributor(s): Tuffin, Richard  (author)orcid ; Gibbs, Martin  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2020
Early Online Version: 2020-02-21
DOI: 10.1080/14490854.2020.1717352
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Abstract: The probation system was a form of convict management unique to the colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). In operation between 1839 and 1853, it has been derided by contemporary and modern opinion as an abject failure that nearly drove a colony bankrupt and hastened the end of Britain’s great transportation project. Yet, probation has left an indelible mark upon the landscape of Tasmania. Through a massive expansion of the public works system, land was cleared and prepared for settlement, roads were built, and labour provided to free settlers. The colony that emerged from the 1840s formed a template upon which modern Tasmania was built. Using historical and archaeological methodologies, this paper creates a historical framework for engaging with the physicality of these probation places. In the process, it seeks to begin the recovery of a legacy that is today often ignored.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Grant Details: ARC/DP170103642
Source of Publication: History Australia, 17(1), p. 87-114
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Australasia
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1833-4881
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210104 Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430103 Archaeology of Australia (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
430302 Australian history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 130703 Understanding Australia’s past
280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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