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Thieves, needlewomen, Aboriginal warriors and a ten-year-old boy: the free people transported as convicts to Van Diemen’s Land

By Kristyn Harman, Associate Professor in History, University of Tasmania
Victoria Nagy, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Tasmania
Along with British and Irish convicts, 627 free men, women and children were transported to the 19th-century penal colonies of Van Diemen’s Land. Their stories, mostly forgotten, are moving.The Conversation

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