Between 1843 and 1853, more than 100 people residing in New Zealand were transported to Van Diemen’s Land, some following trials in the nascent criminal courts and others as the result of courts martial. This talk explores the prosecution and transportation of these civilians, soldiers and Maori. It traces the lives of some of those sent to Van Diemen’s Land, examining their engagement within the convict system including their occupations, further offences, mobility within the system, and eventual outcomes. The afterlives of some of the convicts intersect with bigger politico-historic questions in relation to New Zealand. For example, some of the returning Māori advocated strongly (and successfully) against their homeland being gazetted as a convict colony.
Please come along. No need to book a seat.
This talk forms part of The Professional Historians Association (Tasmania) and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office program of public lectures held in the Allport Library, Ground Floor, 91 Murray Street, Hobart.
Image: Samuel Charles Brees. Barrett's Hotel, Wellington [between 1842 and 1845]. Engraved by Henry Melville, 1847. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, NZ.