Convicts And The Colonies

L Shaw A G
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Subjects

History

Published

1 July 1977

ISBN

9780522841145

Weight

426g

Size

210mm x 140mm

Subjects

History

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Convicts And The Colonies

L Shaw A G
A foundation text that examines the nature of Australia's earliest settlement as a British penal colony.
This foundation text presents a close look at the transportation system that sets it in its context as one of various modes of punishment used in the English penal system. It considers the reformatory as well as the deterrent features of the system. The author reminds us that Australia was not the only colony to which British statesmen wanted to send their felons, and discusses projects of transportation to the American colonies and South Africa. He throws light on some of the considerations which led to the foundation of Australia and the 'choice of Botany Bay'. His discussion of the character of the convicts settles many of the longstanding arguments about the criminality of Australia's founders by subjecting their records to rigorous scrutiny.
This foundation text presents a close look at the transportation system that sets it in its context as one of various modes of punishment used in the English penal system. It considers the reformatory as well as the deterrent features of the system. The author reminds us that Australia was not the only colony to which British statesmen wanted to send their felons, and discusses projects of transportation to the American colonies and South Africa. He throws light on some of the considerations which led to the foundation of Australia and the 'choice of Botany Bay'. His discussion of the character of the convicts settles many of the longstanding arguments about the criminality of Australia's founders by subjecting their records to rigorous scrutiny.

L Shaw A G

L Shaw A G

A. G. L. Shaw was Emeritus Professor of History at Monash University and had a distinguished career as a scholar in Australia. He was a Fellow of the Australian Academies of the Humanities and of the Social Sciences and was president of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria. In 1982 he was awarded the A.O. for services to education. Professor Shaw published widely.

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