Convict Workers: Reinterpreting Australia's Past

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2007-05-31
Publisher(s): Cambridge University Press
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In a radical new interpretation of Australia's past, based on exhaustive and detailed analysis of recORD this book shows that the convicts sent to Australia were not professional criminals, but ORD work skills, essential to the forging of a new economy and society. By illuminating the contribution of the convict workers to Australia's economic and social development, a fresh historical understanding of Australia's early history emerges.

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures
Revising The Past
Unshackling the past
Full circle? contemporary views on transportation
Transportation as global migration
The Workers
Convicts as migrants
Convicts as workers
Female convicts Deborah Oxley
A labour aristocracy in chains
The System
The convict labour market
Public employment and assignment to private masters, 1788-1821
The organisation of public work
Convict labour and the Australian agricultural company
The care and feeding of convicts
A new past
Statistical appendix
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