Juvenile convicts and their colonial familial lives

Watkins, Emma D. (2018) Juvenile convicts and their colonial familial lives. The History of the Family, 23 (2). pp. 307-328. ISSN 1081-602X (doi:1080/1081602X.2017.1417882)

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Abstract

Convicts were transported from Britain to Van Diemen’s Land from 1803 until 1853. Approximately 10 000 - 13 000 juveniles were among the 148 000 convicts transported. This article has traced the lives of female and male juvenile convicts transported, who were sentenced at the Old Bailey (the Central Criminal Court in London), and voyaged to Van Diemen’s Land. By exploring individual lives, and contextualising their experiences, it is possible to go beyond the circumstances of offending – through to their punishment period, to their lives upon release. This article will focus on one aspect of juvenile convict lives post-transportation – their familial life. The method of nominal record-linkage has been used across a variety of criminal and non-criminal records (including civil records and newspapers) in order to build up a picture of these young offenders. Going beyond the institution and focusing directly on female and male juveniles is important in understanding the lives of this unique group. From the behaviour of the juvenile convicts themselves, to the decisions of the administrators and the conditions of the penal colony into which they were thrust; Were these female and male juvenile convicts able to form ‘settled’ colonial lives and which factors inhibited or facilitated this process?

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 25615
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The History of the Family on 10/01/2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/1080/1081602X.2017.1417882
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Depositing User: Emma Watkins
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 13:26
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2019 09:38
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/25615

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