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Morbidity and mortality on convict voyages to 19th century Australia

Between 1803 and 1853 some 67,000 convicts were transported from England and Ireland to the British penal colony of Van Diemen’s Land, later renamed Tasmania. Using a detailed reconstruction of 278 voyages (82 carrying female convicts and 196 male) this talk explores the impact of trans-oceanic forced removal on the health and well being of these unwilling migrants.

Hamish Maxwell-Stewart teaches history at the University of Tasmania and is the current holder of the Keith Cameron chair of Australian history, University College Dublin. He is the author of a number of books including Closing Hell’s Gates (2008), American Citizens British Slaves (2002) and Chain Letters (2001).

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