Professor Bob Shoemaker, University of Sheffield
The incredible decision by the British government to send criminal convicts to Australia in 1787 was the result of a penal crisis of unprecedented dimensions in London. After explaining the origins of criminal transportation, this talk will describe the identities and crimes of the convicts who were transported, the living conditions they experienced when they arrived, and their role, with their military guards, in building the new colony. Using new research from the Digital Panopticon project, the talk will conclude with a discussion of the impact of transportation on the remainder of these convicts’ lives.
This is a Pre-Show Talk which will take place on Wed 14 March at 6.15pm – 7pm before the evening performance of Our Country’s Good on Wed 14 March at 7.30pm.
Tickets are free but please reserve in advance.
The talk will be BSL Interpreted.
Dates & Times
|Australia's Convict Colonisers: The men and women of the First Fleet and the penal crisis which sent them there - Wed 14 Mar 6:15pm Wed 14 Mar||Ustinov Room||6:15pm||FREE (Reserve in advance)|