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Dr. Kristyn Harman, Cleansing the Colony: Transporting Convicts from New Zealand to Van Diemen's Land

During the mid-nineteenth century at least 110 people were transported from New Zealand to serve time as convict labourers in the penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). Even more were sentenced by colonial judges to the harsh punishment of transportation, but somehow managed to avoid being sent across the Tasman Sea.

In this talk, Kristyn Harman explores the remarkable experiences of unremarkable people like William Phelps Pickering, a self-made entrepreneur turned criminal; Margaret Reardon, a potential accomplice to murder and convicted perjurer; and Te Kumete, transported as a rebel. Their stories, and others like them, reveal a complex colonial society overseen by a governing class intent on cleansing the colony of what was considered to be a burgeoning criminal underclass.

This talk will explore the way in which the British Empire sought to discipline, punish and reform those who trespassed against it.

Date Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Time 10:00am - 11:00am
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Lecture
LocationAuditorium, Toitū Otago Settlers Museum

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