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Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts

Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it

The University of Liverpool will lead a £1.7million AHRC award to make it possible for people to trace the records of Londoners sentenced to either imprisonment or transportation from 1787 up to the 1920s when the last convict died.

The project, `The Digital Panopticon: The Global Impact of London Punishments, 1780-1925’ funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), will use digital technologies to bring together existing and new genealogical, biometric and criminal justice datasets held by different organisations in the UK and Australia to produce a searchable website.


Via David Connolly
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More and more access to information is fueling family history research and bringing many Brits downunder to see where their ancestors pitched up.

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James Miles's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:47 PM

The "wonderful" lives of the convicts, explored by the university of Liverpool, trying to make it possible to trace the records of the Londoners.

 

layne peebles's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:56 PM

the convicts lifes of the convicts was hard and harsh. they had to work all day in the blistering sun.

Erin Behn's curator insight, November 10, 2013 6:05 PM

Tracing the lives of British and Australian convicts.

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Tasmania

Tasmania | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Tasmania It was an interesting flight from Melbourne to Hobart, flying over several small islands just north of Tasmania, includin
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4 Amazing Things to Do in Tasmania: The Down Under You Don't Know - TripAdvisor Blog

4 Amazing Things to Do in Tasmania: The Down Under You Don't Know - TripAdvisor Blog | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
It can be hard to shake a reputation — take Tasmania, for instance.
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It's true - there is so much more to Tassie than just good looks!
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Hobart Vacation Travel Guide Expedia

When you first arrive in Hobart, you may not be aware that you're exploring a former prison. This onetime penal colony is located between Mount Wellington and ...
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In Their Words - Ghost stories from the staff and visitors at the Port Arthur Historic Site - Port Arthur

In Their Words - Ghost stories from the staff and visitors at the Port Arthur Historic Site - Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
“Every year thousands of visitors come to Port Arthur for the thrill of tales told by candlelight in the mysterious old buildings.  As an old prison with a dark and often violent past, many people say that if any location deserves to be haunted, Port...
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What’s On, May-June: History events around Australia

What’s On, May-June: History events around Australia | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
From the highlights of the National Trust Heritage Festival to events commemorating the World War I centenary, this May and June there are a whole host of history and family history exhibitions, open days, seminars, talks and more from around...
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She grew up wringing rabbits' necks, she ended up matriarch of Tasmanian eco-tourism

She grew up wringing rabbits' necks, she ended up matriarch of Tasmanian eco-tourism | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Joan Masterman grew up wringing rabbits' necks. Here's how she ended up the matriarch of Tasmanian eco-tourism.
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An interesting and nuanced perspective on Tasmania's tourism appeal.
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‘Saffire’s sister’ plan for Port Arthur

‘Saffire’s sister’ plan for Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
FEDERAL Group has announced a 25 million luxury resort at Port Arthur will go ahead regardless of whether the company is granted a new monopoly poker machine licence.
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This decision is welcome news and will undoubtedly lead to further tourism development on the Peninsula.
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Tassie’s cruise ship boom

Tassie’s cruise ship boom | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
THE number of cruise ships coming to Tasmania will jump significantly next season with Hobart, Port Arthur and Burnie benefiting from the lions share of increased visits.
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We have worked for many years to encourage and attract cruise ships and their passengers to visit Port Arthur. Fantastic to see all the effort paying off. 
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A taste of Tasmania

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Gemma Nisbet falls for the charms of the Apple Isle
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An exploration of Hobart, Bruny Island and the Huon Valley, in search of good things.
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16 reasons to embrace Tassie's dark & eventful winters

16 reasons to embrace Tassie's dark & eventful winters | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
16 reasons to embrace Tassie's dark & eventful winters. Visit Go Behind The Scenery to explore the real Tasmania.
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Some great reasons to visit Tasmania this winter and celebrate the cold and dark. Naturally a Port Arthur Ghost Tour is a not-to-be-missed dark Tassie experience.
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Beautiful!
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The Chilling, Tragic History of Tasmania’s Separate Prison | The Lineup

The Chilling, Tragic History of Tasmania’s Separate Prison | The Lineup | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Along the southern coast of Australia are the ruins of a prison with a very dark history. Set sail for the Separate Prison of Port Arthur Tasmania.
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The main image is a bit out of date (taken sometime prior to 2008), but otherwise this is quite a good write up of Port Arthur's Separate, or Model, Prison. 
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Hospital building at Port Arthur Historic site near Hobart, Tasmania. An eerie place full of ghosts. Images captured and edited on iPhone 6s. #hobart #hobarttasmania #hobartandbeyond #portarthur #a...

Hospital building at Port Arthur Historic site near Hobart, Tasmania. An eerie place full of ghosts. Images captured and edited on iPhone 6s. #hobart #hobarttasmania #hobartandbeyond #portarthur #a... | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Hospital building at Port Arthur Historic site near Hobart, Tasmania. An eerie place full of ghosts. Images captured and edited on iPhone 6s.
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Vanja Radisic is clearly pretty handy with an iPhone, photographically-speaking. This fantastic image of the Church under a full moon is just one of a number of images of the Historic Site that can be viewed on her Flickr page, which were apparently photographed and edited entirely on an iPhone6. 

Do yourself a favour and go check it out.
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On The Convict Trail: The Guard Tower, Port Arthur

On The Convict Trail: The Guard Tower, Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
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Great write up on the Guard Tower at Port Arthur from Geoff Ritchie's 'On the Convict Trail' blog. 
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Wombats and convicts: Adventures off the coast of Tasmania

Wombats and convicts: Adventures off the coast of Tasmania | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
The green-fuzzed outcrop was tantalisingly close. I could swim to it, couldn’t I? Surely, in just a few strokes across the narrow blue channel, I’d reach its shores? I could be, briefly, queen of my own private isle...
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Point Puer Boy's Prison, Port Arthur

Point Puer Boy's Prison, Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Many people are aware that convicts sentenced to the Australian colonies arrived in their greatest numbers between 1830 and 1834 – they may not be aware that between 10 and 20 percent of each ship’s arrivals were boys 10 to 14 years of age.
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Another wonderful contribution from ontheconvicttrail.blogspot.com. Point Puer is a particularly fascinating example of the progressiveness of the Port Arthur administration - separating the young from the adult prisoners and providing opportunities for education and trade skills.
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Old Police Office Site, Pontville

Old Police Office Site, Pontville | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Around 1837, a stone cottage referred to as the “Police Office” on the 1838 subdivisional plan of Pontville was erected on a site overlooking the Jordan River and the old Hobart To Launceston road.
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HODIE SPECULO: Port Arthur Prison Yard Yields Convicts' Artifacts

HODIE SPECULO: Port Arthur Prison Yard Yields Convicts' Artifacts | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
HODIE SPECULO: Port Arthur Prison Yard Yields Convicts' Artifacts... https://t.co/lDnZjAeELR
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Top 5 Places Of Tasmania With Intriguing History For the Whole Family

Top 5 Places Of Tasmania With Intriguing History For the Whole Family | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Tasmania, an isolated island south of Australia, was reportedly first sighted by a Dutch explorer called Abel Tasman in late 1642, who named the island Anthoonij van Diemenslandt. Upon Britis
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A great write up detailing some interesting aspects of Tasmania's convict history.
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Exploring Tasmania- Port Arthur, Tasmanian Devils and Lavender Fields

» Hey friends! We're a little backed up with vlogs haha! Here's our Tasmanian Adventures- Glen and I had a jam packed day of exploring and looking around
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Great perspective on the sights and attractions of Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula, from the perspective of a couple of young international experience seekers.
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Supporting Tasmania's iconic tourism industry

Supporting Tasmania's iconic tourism industry | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson MP, today announced federal funding of more than $250,000 for projects to enhance visitor experience in the Tasman region including at Port Arthur, one of Tasmania's premier visitor attractions.
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Good news indeed.
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Dredging off the Tasman Peninsula to find new species

Dredging off the Tasman Peninsula to find new species | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Tasmanian researchers have found about 400 shell species off the coast of Port Arthur and expect to find more in the watery depths.
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Tasmanian researchers have found about 400 shell species off the coast of Port Arthur and expect to find more in the watery depths.
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Through my eyes: Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania

Through my eyes: Port Arthur Historic Site, Tasmania | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
Australia was basically founded as one big convict colony island. Despite the fact that we're a really quite a young country, there really aren't many (any?) places left where you can see that side of our history. From the website, "The Port Arthur penal settlement began life as a small timber station in 1830. Originally…
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It's always great to see our Sites through the eyes of our visitors, which is exactly the view Jess gives us in her blog entry on Port Arthur - thanks Jess.
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Essence Productions to Premiere POINT OF NO RETURN in Werribee and Geelong

Essence Productions to Premiere POINT OF NO RETURN in Werribee and Geelong | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
 Essence Productions are bringing a gripping new convict era play, Point of No Return, to Wyndham Cultural Centre in Werribee on 22 and 23 April and the Courthouse Youth Arts in Geelong for two nights only on 6 and 7 May.
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POINT OF NO RETURN presents the harsh yet inspiring story of life at Point Puer boys prison near Port Arthur in the early 1800s. Based on a true story, the play centres on a group of young convicts who are part of the British Empire's first attempts at rehabilitating young prisoners.
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On The Convict Trail: The Convict Church, Port Arthur

On The Convict Trail: The Convict Church, Port Arthur | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
The foundation stone of the church was laid in 1836 by Lieutenant Governor George Arthur on his final visit to Port Arthur.
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Another informative post on Geoff Ritchie's blog on Tasmanian convict sites. Doesn't the church look amazing covered in ivy? Unfortunately it is destructive to the sandstone, so was removed long ago, but it makes a pretty picture.
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Top 25 Things to see in Tasmania: The Ultimate Bucket List! - Family Travel Blog - Travel with Kids

Top 25 Things to see in Tasmania: The Ultimate Bucket List! - Family Travel Blog - Travel with Kids | Heritage Tourism in Tasmania | Scoop.it
My list of the top things to see in Tasmania, my home state, including the best places to visit in Tasmania, Tasmania for kids and info for a great trip
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Great list of family-friendly activities and itinerary ideas for your next tour of Tasmania
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