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Order and Disorder: Madness in Penal New South Wales

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Moruya Museum

85 Campbell Street

Moruya, NSW 2537

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Madness was with the Europeans who colonised New South Wales from the start: sailors, convicts, soldiers, and free men and women. Join the Moruya and District Historical Society as they host Dr James Dunk for this Speaker Connect talk.

Dr Dunk’s talk will explore the strangeness of the colony through the strange ways it dealt with madness: locking up convicts in an open gaol, because they were ill, and confining free colonists in a place where freedom was definitive. It charts the development of lunatic asylums and lunacy law within a climate of suspicion of illness, and the political sensitivity of madness in both convict and free populations.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for 2017, supported by Create NSW.

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